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Families that communicate in healthy ways are more capable of problem-solving and tend to be more satisfied with their relationships.1 In addition, how and what parents and adult caregivers communicate about body image, peer pressure, puberty, reproduction, sexuality, love, and intimacy can make a significant difference in the well-being and health of their children.

Research indicates strong family relationships can help children develop healthy self-esteem, resist peer pressure, and act responsibly when making decisions about drugs, violence, and sexual intercourse.2

Think perhaps your child is too old to talk about healthy communication? Find out in the next step, Healthy Communication: Am I too late?

1. Peterson, R. & Green, S. (2009). Families first: Keys to successful family functioning: Communication. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Cooperative Extension.

2. Advocates for Youth (n.d.). Introduction: Parent-child communication basics.