Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Telling Your Parents

It is vitally important that you sit down with your parents as soon as possible to tell them about your pregnancy and begin discussing the implications on your life and theirs. This is the part that most teens dread, however, after the initial reaction, it is one of the most helpful. Secrets just compound the mistake. Here are several steps that will help you prepare for and carry out such a meeting:

Decide if you want someone else to go with you. Perhaps you would feel more confident about the meeting with your parents if someone went with you. If you shared your situation with someone like a youth leader, a mature friend or your minister, that person may be willing to go along when you talk to your parents.

Schedule a time to meet at your parents’ earliest convenience. Plan to talk to your parents as soon as possible. You don’t want them to hear your news from another source. Find a time and place for your meeting that will be free from interruptions and distractions. You might say to your parents, “I have something important I want to discuss with you. When could we sit down and talk?”

Be straightforward. Get to the point. Either you or the trusted person who is with you should state clearly to your parents that you are pregnant. Beating around the bush will only make your disclosure more painful for everyone.

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