Principle 10: Close, positive parent-child relationships are crucial

Research has shown that one factor that predicts well that a teenager is less likely to experiment with sex is that that young person is close to at least one of the parents. It is not all about the information that is in their heads—it is also about what is in their hearts. Diet experts tell those trying to lose weight never to go to the grocery store hungry. Why would we let our kids go out on dates or out into the confusing world of teen relationships starving for affection and affirmation? A close relationship with a parent sends them to the relational grocery store full and strong. Such a close relationship also helps them remember that what you do sexually is ultimately about who you love—do you love your parents and show that love by honoring what they have taught you? Do you love Jesus and honor Him with obedience?