6 Tips for Connecting with Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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1. Be positive. Most expecting teens feel a range of emotions, including excitement. Start conversations on a happy note to send the message you are there to help, not judge, and it's okay for youth to start bonding with their babies, says Kim Eroh, family education program manager at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, a nonprofit in Milton, PA.

Kim Eroh has worked with teen moms and their children for 20 years. Her biggest piece of advice to family and youth workers? Earn young parents’ trust while creating a community where they feel supported rather than judged.

“The whole process is about the relationship and rapport you develop with each other,” says Eroh, family education program manager at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, a social service agency in Milton, PA.

In this slideshow, Eroh shares six tips for connecting with and supporting pregnant and parenting teens.

Be sure to hear Eroh’s thoughts on the connection between teen pregnancy and homelessness in our video “Looking Ahead: Five Years to End Youth Homelessness.” And see our previous slideshow on five things to know about teen parents.

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