Every October is Let's Talk Month
Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the month of October 2018, as: Let's Talk Month.
"Let's Talk Month" is a national and statewide initiative that supports partnerships between families and their communities in order to help foster positive attitudes about sexuality and promote open and honest conversation with young people about relationships and sexuality.
The Minnesota Department of Health joins with national partners as well as many youth serving organizations, volunteers, health care professionals, and communities in providing information, tools and support necessary to encourage parent/child communication about healthy sexuality.
Parent and Caring Adult Experiences: Positive Discussions between Parents and Children during Let's Talk Month:
"Last year I hung the "Let's Talk" poster up in my kitchen during the month of October. It was a great conversation starter. It sparked multiple conversations between my children and I - and each of these conversations were completely different. The poster proved to be non-threatening and open-ended - making it possible for my kids to feel comfortable enough to talk to me about an array of topics including sex, menstruation, intimacy, birth control, sexual violence, human trafficking, and puberty. Our conversations are most productive when I am open, non-judgmental, and compassionate. It also helps if we can laugh about things and try to a little fun to our talks."
"When my kids were young I had a book that you read parts of it to them at different ages. When my daughter was a teen I brought home info on contraception and STI's and asked her to read them and give me input on if she thought they would be good for other teens - so I got her input, but she got the education!"
When my two sons were not yet teenagers, my sister worked at a gynecologist as a nurse. She brought us all this wonderful educational material like little fun booklets, mostly comic like stories about behavior of teens in relationships and sexual relationships. And not just educational material: We had condoms blown up to huge balloons flying around the house for weeks. Because that's what 9 and 11 year old kids do if they are given one. Of course, all this was a trigger to talk a lot. She is definitely part of my son's not having any difficulties talking about sexual behavior in relationships or birth control. They are now 19 and 22 years old, and my older one just recently called me to ask me about advice for birth control for him and his girlfriend. He even asked me if I could talk to his girlfriend as she has never talked to anyone about this topic. After some consideration I declined and said he and she will be able to figure it out if they talk enough. One comment added: They had sex education in ninth grade which is far too late to start. At this age kids can already get pregnant. And they are far too embarrassed to talk about it if they haven't before! Also you want to catch them before they start educating themselves from other questionable sources. Giving information/ talking step by step seems reasonable. And talking about relationships in general can start as soon as children are able to speak."
State of Minnesota Proclamation
WHEREAS: Healthy attitudes and accurate information about sex, sexuality and healthy relationships are essential to raising responsible, self-reliant young people; and
WHEREAS: Parents, primary care givers and other caring adults play an important role in helping young people make healthy decisions about sex, sexuality and healthy relationships; and
WHEREAS: Adolescents who have parents that are open, responsive, comfortable, and confident in discussions about sex and related issues participate less frequently in sexual risk behaviors; and
WHEREAS: Sexuality education is a process, not just a one-time "talk". Most young people prefer learning about sex from their parents or primary care giver, but many parents find these conversations difficult and need support and encouragement to start. Parents/guardians and their children should have many conversations about sexual health that are honest, age appropriate information, timely and from a trusted adult they feel comfortable talking to; and
WHEREAS: "Let's Talk Month" is a national and statewide initiative that supports partnerships between families and their communities in order to help foster positive attitudes about sexuality and promote open and honest conversation with young people about relationships and sexuality; and
WHEREAS: The Minnesota Department of Health will recognize "Let's Talk Month" through the "Make a Date" campaign which supports and encourages parents, primary care givers, and other caring adults to have open, honest and appropriate conversations with young people about sexuality to foster responsible and positive attitudes toward sexuality while also promoting healthy sexual behavior; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2018, as:
LET'S TALK MONTH
In the State of Minnesota.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 28th day of September.