The letter “e,” sandwiched by “s” and “x” may be scary for us when our children begin asking questions. Many parents are often left with a void of what to say in their responses and the concept of sex education provided by the school system may be missing some imperative knowledge. This of course depends on who’s teaching the school’s health curriculum and how precisely the information is presented to students.
Ideally educators should provide sex education at the dawn of puberty, which for girls this can begin between the ages 9 and 13. Boys can enter puberty between ages 10 and 12. While it’s true that students may giggle, it’s important information for them to be aware of. When students are still in elementary school girls and boys health classes are typically separated and the nature of instruction has to do with bodily changes that will occur with each gender.
For parents the task of introducing the birds, bees or life’s continuation can be daunting, but it’s necessary to provide the facts regardless of age. Many of us shudder to think of what can result when we have a talk with our children about this very topic. Many more of us worry what will happen if our children are not properly informed on the subject. It’s been a debate for many decades, but we should be open to any questions and remember to answer them honestly and clearly to ensure were understood. The stork species is still in existence, but we’re all aware that they have nothing to do with dropping babies off on the doorstep or through the fireplace.
Curiosity makes us human, but many believe that certain television programs and magazine advertisements peak interest. As parents and educators we should consider encouraging knowledge, but through accredited sources since certain TV shows and magazines can instigate mythical beliefs. Children need reliable sources to go to with their questions. Being uncomfortable doesn’t matter here.