Spring must be bunny time
I'm bringing up my children a "bit" differently from how I was brought up, and this is one huge difference. My dad to this day, my mother jokes, can't bring himself to face the fact that his older sister has ever had sex, much less his daughters.
The teenage pregnancy rate in the United States is three to 10 times higher than that found in other industrialized nations, making that and exposure to sexually transmitted infections a major public health concern, the study said.
At the same time parents tend not to talk about sex with their children in a timely and comprehensive way, leaving a vacuum in which the media may become a powerful sex educator, providing "frequent and compelling portraits of sex as fun and risk free."
"Interestingly one of the strongest predictors of risk for early sexual intercourse for both black and white teens (in the study) was the perception that his or her peers were having sex," the report said.
Our kids are at risk due to religions peddling the sex is bad meme, and its backlash, our culture's obsession with strange teenage-boy fantasy worlds. How does one navigate the waters, with abstinence-only programs failing (unless you think gonorrhea of the throat is a good outcome), while girls are becoming fertile earlier every year?
But, instead of feeling like a unmoored boat bobbing in the waves when it comes to teaching my child about sex, there are good books such as Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid They'd Ask: The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens to guide the way. Another book I have is the Yellow Dyno book, which gave me the courage to start using the p-word (penis). I can now say it without blushing, a huge step away from my Catholic upbringing. If you can't even say the word, how do you give your children the skills they need to protect themselves against predators?