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logo:  Let's Talk Month

It’s official!  The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has declared October - Let’s Talk Month!  Proclamation (pdf)
During October many activities in our community, the state and the nation help to encourage and support open family communication about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality.

Let’s Talk – all year long! Each day in our lives, in our society and culture, many windows of opportunity present themselves. Seize the moment! Start talking. Keep talking and listening! Your willingness to do so will help create a stronger, healthier future for young people and our broader community.

Parents & Other Caring Adults Please Know

  • You are the one who can make the difference in the life of a young person.
  • You are the one who can get the conversations started.

There are many good and important reasons for having conversations with young people

  • Many adults find this hard to believe and accept, but over and over again, research shows that children and teens want to talk with their parents and caregivers about sexuality and relationships.
  • Research also clearly demonstrates that parents have an enormous influence on their children and teen's decisions about sex!  Yes, parents tend to have more influence than friends/peers, the media or teachers.
  • Parents and caregivers are the adults who can best model and share the values you want your children and teens to have as the grounding for their decisions about relationships and sexuality.
  • While the U.S. teen pregnancy rate continues to fall, our country continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world, twice Canada's and five times France's.
  • The rates of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. are the highest in the industrialized world.

Resources for Parents & Families

Advocates for Youth | Parent-Child Communication
Advocates for Youth | Parents' Sex Ed Center

Dads & Daughters

Teenwise Minnesota

Planned Parenthood - Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Download an English or Español Let's Talk Month Tablemat  - a tool to help get family mealtime conversations started.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Talking with Kids About Tough Issues

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

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Ambiente Joven

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Let's Talk
Conversation starters for busy families | Office of Adolescent Health

Vamos a Hablar
Empezando una conversacion para familias ocupadas | Office of Adolescent Health

Sexuality & Family Life Educator
Schedule an educator to speak to your parent group | more information

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