Teen Pregnancy Talking Tips
“Unplanned pregnancy, especially teen pregnancy, has been high on the media radar in the last year, both locally via the increase in teen pregnancies in Gloucester, and through several media-hyped celebrity pregnancies, including Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin.
In fact, the rate at which teen girls became mothers rose 2.8 percent in 2006 from a year earlier, according to a report on children compiled by 22 US agencies. The increase ended a decline that began when the teen birth rate peaked at 38 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 in 1991, the report's authors said. The 2006 reversal is a "red flag that something has gone wrong" and comes after government and health groups had crusaded against teen pregnancies in the 1990s, according to Duane Alexander, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Many parents were reeling following the announcement of Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy. The 16-year-old star of Zoey 101 had a large following of fans, most of whom were in middle school. But these events provide the opportunity to talk with kids about the real-life consequences of sex, in order to give them the tools and information to stay safe and healthy. Here are some tips for talking to kids about teen pregnancy.
After you have addressed the news with your child, it’s a good idea to assess your involvement as a parent.
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