Trust. It’s one of those words we throw around that some people don’t take very seriously anymore. Call me a cynic, because I've been through my fair share of breakups where trust was involved, but trust is one of those things that we should never take for granted, and the more we get hurt, the more we seem to lose trust. I have learned that in scenarios when you aren’t sure WHO to trust, it is important to listen to the opinions and insight of those who love you unconditionally – close friends, family, even your pets. If your closest friends and family members don’t get a good vibe from the person you are seeing, then chances are, there is something wrong.
When it comes to our young people, we need to cultivate trust with them so they are willing to come to us when they have a problem. We also need to promote a positive level of self awareness so that they can trust their own instincts when it comes to a questionable relationship or situation. We need to learn to trust those around us to help us make good decisions so that our young people can follow in our footsteps of healthy decision making.
by Sara Lamberson, Health Communications Assistant, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy