Mom, what’s a ….?


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I think that is every parent’s nightmare.  When your child comes up to you and asks you a question that you were hoping the school or his textbooks would have already taught him.  There was a time that life was simple the rules were in place and fear was the primary trigger that kept kids out of trouble.  But nowadays life is fast and complicated, the rules are lax and its the degree of trouble that kids get into that people talk about.

Not only that -the age at which children get exposed to ‘grown up’ issues are now getting younger and younger.  Taking that into consideration, I would rather be prepared than in denial.  Now having being brought up in a society where talks about sexuality is taboo, makes it harder, however living in a country where there seems is availability of information – makes it easier.  What is ironic is that the land that gave you the kama sutra has no idea how to raise sexually healthy kids.  It is not something that is discussed at all.

So what is a parent to do?  Talk to your kids, make them aware of what is appropriate and what your values are.  They should be able to come to you and talk to you about any topic without having to worry about you getting mad at them because you were not prepared for it.  It is better they hear it from you than some kid in their class who overheard his older brother’s or sisters one sided conversation on the phone.  Tell them the facts.  Tell them what could happen health wise and the risks.  Tell them what could happen to their future, their dreams and be open.

Most important – trust your children to make the right decision.  Teach them to respect other people and their decisions. There is nothing wrong in saying ‘NO’.  It takes more courage to say no than to say yes. No?

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