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Talking birds and bees with kids and teens

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Discussing sexual health with your children can be difficult or feel awkward, but it is a crucial part of parenthood and important to your child.  It is best for youth to learn about appropriate sexual behaviors from their parents, school, or other trained professionals, but this is not always the case. According to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey, Fillmore County youth in 6th, 9th, and 12th grades reported receiving information regarding sexual health from the following sources: friends (59.3 percent), parents (43.8 percent), the media (40.7 percent), and school (40 percent).

Youth want parents to interact with them and guide them through difficult portions of their lives. They believe and trust in parents to serve as knowledgeable sources of information and role models of appropriate behaviors. When 9th and 12th graders in Fillmore County were asked why they had not had a sexual relationship the factors that influenced them most included: the fear of getting pregnant (50.5 percent), the risk of obtaining a sexually transmitted disease (46 percent), and the fact that their parents objected (44.3 percent).

In order to make parents more knowledgeable and comfortable in discussing sexual health with their children, educational sessions are being conducted by Fillmore County professionals through a generous UCare Fund grant. These educational sessions for parents will cover how and when to discuss various topics surrounding sexual health within the family.  Learn about puberty, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, dating, sex in the media, sexting via computer and cell phone, and much more. Sessions are being held at the following locations:

• Monday, April 12 (5 PM to 6 PM): Fillmore-Central Middle School Library

• Monday, April 12 (7 PM to 8 PM): Lanesboro School, Room 211

• Tuesday, April 13 (7 PM to 8 PM): Mabel-Canton School Media Center

• Thursday, April 22 (7 PM to 8 PM): Rushford-Peterson High School Theatre

These free sessions are sponsored by Fillmore County Public Health, Fillmore County Family Resources, Fillmore County Attorney's Office, Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted County Corrections, and UCare.  For more information contact, Brenda Leigh Pohlman of Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898.

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