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Parents underestimate their influence. According to a national survey, only 34 percent of parents believe they are most influential on their teen child's decisions about sex.

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Not long ago I sat at a table where parents were discussing teen sex and pregnancy. The conversation drifted toward which method of birth control parents would prefer their daughters to use, and how their sons needed to understand the importance of using condoms.

By By Richard Haddad January 7, 2009