If you’re facing an unintended pregnancy and nervous about telling your parents, that’s understandable. You might be worried about how your parents will react, or maybe you’re scared their opinion of you will change.
No matter what you’re feeling, there are steps you can take to make it easier for you to tell your parents the news.
1.Think about What You Want to Say
When giving someone difficult news, it’s easy to worry about how they will react. But oftentimes, you can ease this anxiety by thinking about what you’ll say. Considering exactly what you want to express and the words you’ll use will help you feel like you have an element of control over the situation.
For example, do you want to ease into the news by providing context first? Or would you rather jump right in? Thinking about how you’ll be most comfortable in this situation will help you go into it feeling more confident.
2.Envision Your Parents’ Reaction
If you’re feeling stressed about telling your parents, it’s likely because you’re playing the scenario over and over in your head and worrying about their reaction. However, if you envision the different ways they might respond, this will help you feel more in control of the situation.
When you’re envisioning your parents’ reaction, consider the worst response they could give and then the best. How would each response make you feel? How would you respond as a result? Thinking about these things in advance can help calm your fears.
3.Choose the Time and Place
Timing and place are important factors to consider when telling your parents the news. For example, a relaxed weekend might work better than a week night when everyone is busy with work, school, etc.
Finding a time and place that isn’t rushed and is free of distractions will help you focus on delivering the news, and it will ensure that your parents can give you their full attention.
If you’re worried that their response might result in a dangerous situation, telling them in a public place or over the phone can help ensure your safety.
4.Find Support and Stay Calm
If you’re worried about your safety when telling your parents, or if you feel like you can’t do it alone, enlist the help of a trusted friend or relative.
Whether your parents react the way you hope they will or not, your mental, emotional, and physical health needs to be at the forefront now more than ever. Finding ways to relax can help you stay calm as you take the next steps on this pregnancy journey.
We’re Here for You
While these times can feel scary and unknown, you’re not alone. At Hope Pregnancy Center, we’re here to support you and answer any questions you might have as you begin this journey. Contact us today for free pregnancy resources or for help as you consider next steps.