I could almost feel the slap I would get years ago if I had ever made the attempt to ask my great-grandmother about sex. Sex was not anything ever discussed in my home. Whatever I learnt about sex, I heard from my classmates.
We are now living in an age when we have to speak to our children about sex, and the dangers of having sex. Too many times, many of us as parents do not sit with our children and speak to them about sex. I could imagine how embarrassing a parent might feel having to bring up the topic of sex, but unfortunately we are living in a world where the earlier we have this conversation with our kids, the better.
Children are growing up with more knowledge than we did. They are now exposed to the Internet, something we never had, which is making many sites with pornographic images accessible. Our children are going to school with other kids and getting information about sex, which is sometimes very wrong. That is why we as
parents need to be open and honest with our children, providing them with the correct information about sex and advising them about peer pressure.
Sometimes I still wonder if technology has enhanced us or hindered us. We are now relying so heavily on our gadgets to give us information. We are even purchasing expensive phones and other devices for our children, allowing them free access to whatever they want.
I implore parents who purchase laptops
and tablets to go on the Internet and get information on applications that can prevent their children from accessing certain sites. If they are going to purchase these gadgets they should be well informed about what they can and cannot do.
We are faced as a society with teenage pregnancy, our children participating in sexual activities that should be done by adults only. What are we as a society going to do about this? Are we going to stay in our corner and whisper and shake our heads, or are we
going to sit our children down and open up to them?
Some of us parents, I would say, are to blame for what is happening to our kids in society, because we are not educating them correctly, and are allowing outside forces to do our job.
What is so wrong with sitting your children down in a relaxed atmosphere and asking them what they know or do not about sex? Trust me, you will be surprised at what they will tell you, if only you ask. Advise
them of the dangers of participating in such an activity at so early an age.
Let them know what is child abuse, and what sexual transmitted diseases there are. Have an open relationship with your children that they feel comfortable coming to you with any challenges they may face. Until we open up to our kids, we will never know exactly what they know, or what they may have experienced.
Have a wonderful week ahead. One Love!