Many of you have attended a Family Honor program with your teen. You know that Family Honor’s programs are age-appropriate. Our programs actually require parent or guardian attendance along with the teen. They encourage teens to make healthy decisions. And they teach teens why the Church says to save sex for marriage.
Now a report from the Federal Government is confirming everything that Family Honor demonstrates! (Read more)
The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee released a report last month entitled “A Better Approach to Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Sexual Risk Avoidance.” The report looked at the theory and evidence behind both Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Abstinent Education and Sexual Rick Reduction (SRR) “Comprehensive” Sex Education. The report concluded that programs that emphasize risk avoidance are superior to programs that teach risk reduction.
The report also makes a powerful case for parental influence and guidance. “Teens navigate the challenges of adolescence primarily with the help of parents. As no one else can, parents attempt to make sure that their children stay centered and protected. Parental involvement is associated with educational success, improved health, positive self-esteem, and healthy relationships. Across the board, children who have a close relationship with their parents are less likely to have behavioral problems or engage in high risk behaviors.
Parental involvement is also important in delaying sexual activity among teens. In a nationally representative poll of teens aged 12-19, nearly half (46%) reported that parents had the most influence on their decisions about sex. In a study published by Child Trends, a group of researchers analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and found that parental involvement is associated with delayed sex among teens. In general, parental involvement, including communication and monitoring, is associated with reduced risk of teenage pregnancy. ”
Family Honor provides a family-centered Catholic approach to chastity education. All of our programs require parental attendance and are age-appropriate: Leading & Loving for parents who have children ages infant through 4th grade; Changes & Challenges for 5th and 6th graders; and Real Love & Real Life for 7th and 8th graders.
These programs offer teens and their parents’ information on:
• The challenges of puberty;
• Fertility appreciation, conception, and fetal development;
• Virtues and how to develop a virtuous life;
• Recognizing one’s true worth;
• Developing one’s whole self – Spiritually, Physically, Intellectually, Creatively, and Emotionally (S.P.I.C.E.)
• How to communicate with one’s family, friends, and others;
• And much more!
The report indicates that “Comprehensive” Sex Education programs have “done little in the last 20 years to impact rates of teenage pregnancy.” These programs “assume that teens cannot or will not practice abstinence which is not consistent with the evidence that most teens are choosing abstinence.” Research has shown that as teens try to navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, often times without their parents’ help, they are frequently drawn to risky behaviors.
At Family Honor, we empower and encourage parents to talk with their teens confidently and competently about God’s gift of sexuality. We help you, as parents, to respond to your teens’ tough questions. We provide opportunities for parents to connect and communicate about life’s important problems. And we inspire you to instill the virtue of chastity in your child and share values with them that will last a lifetime!