Talking to Your Kids About Healthy Relationships

Parents and caregivers play a critical role in providing good examples and teaching young people the importance of respectful, honest, and positive relationships: how to make responsible decisions regarding relationships, how to resolve conflicts, establishing good boundaries, and maintaining a sense of self in their relationships.

Talking to a child or teen about relationships can be awkward, and there may be uncomfortable moments for both the child and parent. However, these conversations are vital to providing necessary information and guidance to your child.  Talking about healthy versus unhealthy behaviors can be incorporated into your everyday life; utilizing TV shows, media, conversations, and other teachable moments can help start conversations.

Check out our parent toolkit and helpful videos below for great information and tips on ways to start the conversation at every age of your child’s development.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Videos

  • Below are some of the winning videos created by youth for our 2021 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month video contest. Watch these for great info and tips on how to spot and have a healthy relationship (applies to adults too!).


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