The knowledge base and comfort level of parents and caregivers will differ from family to family. However, many parents tend to underestimate their role as providers of sexual and reproductive health education for their own children.
Parents and caregivers need to have access to reliable sexual health information and feel confident talking with their children about sexual and reproductive health. Positive communication between parents and their children will help the children make healthy and responsible decisions.
It is also important for parents to engage with their children in discussions about alcohol and other drug use, healthy relationships, mental health, and other areas of concern. Sexual health does not occur in isolation and education in the area must be considered as part of a holistic approach to wellness.