Talking to parents and adults
Communicating with adults can be challenging. When talking to your parents, guardians, or other adults in your life, it's easy to feel frustrated and misunderstood. Here are some strategies to help guide conversations with the adults in your life!
Taking the time to process your emotions
Using "I" Statements
Taking space for yourself
Sometimes you are caught in a bad situation that is not your fault. It’s okay to accept that you can’t change
it all by yourself.
If you are worried home isn’t safe anymore, please talk to your doctor or a trusted adult (like a school counselor or teacher).
You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or you can chat online here.
Talking about sex
It’s normal to have lots of questions about your body or about sex or relationships. Trusted adults who love you, like parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, are a good place to start finding answers. Studies have shown that teens who talk to their guardians about all subjects tend to have healthier sex lives and better moods. However, sometimes it can feel awkward to start the conversation yourself.
Sometimes, a parent might not be the best person to talk to if you are afraid that they won't listen, or will react badly. Try to identify another trusted adult you can talk to: an older sibling, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or teacher.
For more strategies and advice on coming out to your parents, visit the LGBTQIA+ Health page.