A Lesson from Quarantine

Outer space: so mysterious yet so exciting for some! My husband happens to be one such person who loves learning about NASA. Recently, we watched a movie about Neil Armstrong. As I reflect on the last 4 months of my own life, one part of that film stands out to me much more now. When […]

Mrs. West’s Story Pt. 2

In Part 1, we told you about Mrs. West and the young man who thanked her for CPR’s message about pornography. Later in the school year, the same Mrs. West had another encounter with a group of young men while approaching the same topic. It was CPR week for a group of 6th-grade boys who […]

Mrs. West’s Story Pt. 1

Temptation: it’s a scary word! We’re all tempted by different things. It could be a cupcake or cookie, an adult beverage or cigarette, or maybe even inappropriate images. Teens today are bombarded with sexual temptations and a plethora of opportunities to act on those temptations, many times from the comfort and concealment of their own […]

Why You Should Care about Relationship Education

$18.2 billion: The amount of money Americans spent on Valentine’s Day in 2017. 29 million: The number of Americans tuned in to the Royal Wedding in May, 2018. 7.8 million: The number of viewers watching ABC’s The Bachelor season finale in March, 2018. 26: The number of Romantic Comedies released in 2017. People love LOVE! […]

3 Reasons Why Sex Can Wait: Part 3

Rose-colored glasses: An optimistic perception of something; a positive opinion; seeing something in a positive way, often thinking of it as better than it actually is. Sex: it’s no big deal, right? Well, if you’ve been following our previous posts, you already know about the connection neurochemicals create (Part 1), as well as the startling […]

3 Reasons Why Sex Can Wait: Part 2

2017 was a year of record-breaking news! Tennis player Serena Williams became the first tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam titles. Hawaii produced the world’s largest avocado, weighing in at 2.3 kg (a little over 5 pounds!). Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported to the CDC, a number that […]

3 Reasons Why Sex Can Wait: Part 1

“How you doin’?” Did you use the right voice? Do you know who made this line famous? That’s right! Sitcom character Joey Tribbiani from the 90s hit Friends. Innocent, loveable, yet completely aloof Joey had women swooning over his leather jacket and one raised eyebrow; he was a ladies’ man. Regularly seen having women leave […]

Nick’s Confession

“Is it normal to want to hurt yourself after a breakup?” an anonymous question read. You can imagine how taken aback CPR instructor Mrs. Green* was when she read that slip of paper written by a 6th grader at the end of CPR Week. We encourage participants to write anonymous questions to their instructors as […]

Crucial Conversations

“It’s not WHAT you’re saying that makes people defensive, but WHY they think you’re saying it.”-Joseph Grenny (Yes, even your teen!) Are there moments in life that matter more than others? Can you tell the truth and still keep a friend, or still maintain that relationship? Researcher and author Joseph Grenny says the answer is […]

Sadie’s Story

A true story of CPR’s impact beyond the classroom. “How many of you are in a serious dating relationship? If so, how long have you been dating?” CPR instructor Mrs. Wilson* asked her class. A few students, including a girl named Sadie,* raised their hands. “I’m dating someone, but he’s kind of a jerk.” Sadie […]

Sex Ed in 2018

“There’s nowhere else to learn about sex. And porn stars know what they’re doing.”–Teenage boy cited in a New York Times article “What Teenagers are Learning from Online Porn.” DID YOU KNOW recent research has found that the average age kids are first exposed to pornography is between 8 and 12 years old? DID YOU […]

Picking Your Moment

Maybe it’s in the car. Maybe it’s when you’re cooking dinner. Maybe it’s at night before they go to bed. Whatever it may be, picking the right moment to talk to your teen can be a huge factor in their willingness to dialogue back. Instead of declaring you need to talk, allow conversations to flow […]