Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Parental Modeling

I often am asked to give one single reason why kids get involved in premarital sex. Of course I always reply that there are many reasons. However, if I had to narrow it down to just one reason, it would be this: inattentive parents. Parental inattentiveness creates a love famine that affects both parents and children. It also creates a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle in which parents who are starved for love raise children who are even hungrier for love. The results are devastating.

On the other hand, a healthy home environment makes a significant difference in the health of American youth. When teens feel connected to their families and when parents are involved in their children’s lives, teens are protected. When parents are more frequently present in the home at key times of day, adolescents are less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, engage in premarital sex or participate in other destructive behaviors. One of the greatest things parents can do for their children is to love one another and let their children know it.

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