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Talking To Children About Sex And Teen Pregnancy Addressed In New One-Man Play

(Courtesy: Tim Collins)

Talking about sex is often a difficult conversation for parents to have with their children.

A new one-man play, entitled The Big Talks, performed by solo theater performer Tim Collinsseeks to demonstrate effective ways in which parents can communicate with their children about sexual health and teen pregnancy.

Host Don Marsh spoke with Collins and Allison Hile, the Executive Director of the Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Partnership.  The organization stresses a comprehensive approach to adolescent sexual health and teen pregnancy education, which includes abstinence and contraception.

“Instead of birds and bees we have kids now dealing with hawks and hornets,” Hile said.  “Kids have a lot more issues to deal with: videos, internet, TV shows, etc. - things we didn’t see when we were growing up.”

Hile also pointed out that while teen pregnancy rates have decreased over the past decade, the number of teens having sex has not.

Collins performed an except of The Big Talks, a situation in which Michael, the father of a teenager and ten year old, struggles with the complications of raising children in the age of Google and iPhones.

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Tim Collins Presents "The Big Talks"
Thursday, April 18, 2013
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd

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Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.