So on Monday, I posted about being the Patsy of teenage sex. I’m really not that bad. I’ve just been a long believer of my kids having the information they need—and that includes knowing my expectations for them. My husband and I have been pretty clear with them on that since they were young. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sex…there are no questions.
What brings this up? My ninth grader has been having sex ed class for six weeks. Six weeks! Sheesh. We had one hour when I was in school. Times have changed. Some schools are having ‘Don’t have sex’ classes. Sex Ed or No Sex Ed? I think I’d prefer they had the Sex Ed class. The other while a nice ideal, seems unrealistic. Kids need the info to keep them safe and though times have changed, many parents still don’t tell what they need to. Do they think if they don’t mention sex that their kids won’t do it? I don’t know. Okay, so I nearly had a heart attack when my son came home and told me the teacher had brought in a fake penis and demonstrated how to put on condoms. Then he told me that the teacher showed them the female condom and showed how it worked with the penis.
I shouldn’t have asked the smartass question about diagrams.
To be clear, I’m not upset about the amount of information the kids are getting in that class. I’ve also been a long time believer that curiosity is a big factor in early sex. Alleviating the factor of curiosity is a good thing. But I’m a realist. Sex happens. I can only hope that they’ll heed me and the code I’ve instilled in them since they were young and wait.
But I still wonder…as far as teaching, how much is too much?
Have a great day.