I started thinking about this subject because I was reading an article today about sexual activity among teens. The
information I got said that open discussion about sexuality was a major factor is reducing sexual activity, STD’s
and teen pregnancies. Many countries, including Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands were listed as having low
teen pregnancy rates because of the open discussion of sexuality in the media.
This confirms my beliefs. I have never shied away from the subject of sex with my kids. My youngest boy could draw a picture of the uterus by age four. I don’t consider it a dirty subject, or anything that my kids should be
ignorant on. I’ve received some criticism from other parents who claimed that I was taking my child’s innocence
away. I thought I was fighting ignorance. I also believe that it’s best to discuss it with them as the subject comes
up, and well before the teen hormones start working. My boys (ages 7 and 10) know all about periods and why women get them, how people get pregnant, and how I gave birth to them and their sisters. More important than the mechanics, I discussed why people have sex and both the good and bad reasons. I don’t obsess on sex, but I don’t shield them from the subject either. I truly believe that if more kids were better informed, and were encouraged to give it a lot of thought, sexual experimentation at earlier ages would be discouraged. I know of several girls who got pregnant before they ever received the sex talk. My sister found out about periods a mere week before actually getting hers. Somehow, that just seems WRONG!
So, my questions to the teeming millions is when did you, or do you plan to discuss sex with your own children?
How old were you when you found out about it? Were your parents open or embarrassed? Do you think it
influenced your teen sex life, or lack of? Are you happy with the results in your own life, and/or in your child’s