We live in a pretty open household. There aren’t any topics that are off limits. My oldest son first asked me about where babies come from when he was 8 and we were expecting our 4th son. We went over the science of sperm and eggs and mommies and daddies loving each other. The basics that everyone learns. There were a few questions in between and many interjections by me about sex, pornography and healthy relationships. At age 10, he gets the process.
This year however was 5th grade and time for the maturation class. When I got the permission form from school that outlined the mandatory topics that would be covered I was a little shocked. My maturation class after all was 22 years ago and all we learned about was showering, deodorant and pads vs tampons. Now days they teach about reproductive anatomy, human reproduction, self exams, and sexually transmitted diseases. Date rape and contraception were optional. I actually posted about it on Facebook and had all sorts of comments about how 5th grade was too young for such adult topics. Unfortunately, I disagree. I would love to live in a world where my boys could stay innocent forever. But the reality is 5th grade is too LATE to be talking to children about such adult topics. Read More →