In 2010, teens across the country, ages 12 – 19, were asked: When it comes to your decisions about sex, who is most influential? The most common response? Parents.
Research proves the protective significance of Parent-Child Connectedness (also known as PCC) for growing children. PCC, a strong emotional bond between parent and child, is known in the public health world as a “super protector,” buffering adolescents from the many challenges and risks they face. Strong PCC protects against 33 negative adolescent outcomes such as unintended pregnancy; HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); violence; depression; eating disorders; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; and poor academic achievement.
Today Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota celebrates 20 years of steadfast commitment to fostering PCC in local communities. Since 1992, Planned Parenthood has offered more than 100 Parent-Child retreats (totaling over 1,000 participants) across the state of Minnesota. At these one-day retreats, parents and mentors discuss emerging sexuality with their children in a comfortable, supportive environment. Tonight at Planned Parenthood’s flagship headquarters in St. Paul, past and present program participants, volunteers, staff and supporters will join to recognize this incredible achievement.
Planned Parenthood is dedicated to providing accurate, age-appropriate, culturally relevant information to children and teens, and offers a broad range of education programs across Minnesota. To learn more about the importance of supporting Parent-Child Connectedness in our communities, check out Planned Parenthood’s complete report, or download Planned Parenthood’s Let’s Talk tablemat!
All-day retreats for daughters, ages 10-12, and their mothers or female mentors. Participants learn and play together while exploring puberty, healthy sexuality, and family communication and connection. Offered in English, Spanish and Hmong.
All-day retreats for sons, ages 10-12, and their mothers or female mentors. Activities are designed to support positive communications about puberty and sexuality and to emphasize the value of building healthy relationships.