How Important Are Parents?

You are VERY IMPORTANT! Even though your tweens and teens may ACT as if they aren’t listening, you can rest assured they are. Our times are very confusing, and teens are searching for help. In survey after survey, they respond that they want to talk to parents first. THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO TALK TO THEM! And please be clear! Give them the truth — abstinence until marriage will protect them from bushels and pecks of physical and emotional damage. Even if you were sexually experienced as a teen, you don’t want all those problems for your own children! So tell them! Remember, a hypocrite is one who says one thing and continues to do something else, whereas a wise person is one who did something in the past, learned from that mistake, and now tries to help others avoid that pitfall. If you love your children a bushel and a peck, tell them so! Talk to them, encourage them to abstain from nonmarital sex, drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes because that is what is BEST FOR THEM — for their present and for their future! If you find they have already experienced sexual activity, lovingly encourage them to stop and become secondary virgins, in order to protect their physical and emotional health from this point forward. “Parental supervision of early dating was an extremely important predictor of teenage pregnancyÂ…rates of teenage pregnancy were reduced when parents supervised who the adolescent dated, where the adolescent went on dates, and the arrival time back home. Thus, the influence of parents is an important component in the complex set of factors...