I was listening today to the Jimmy Young Show on Radio 2. Apart from the fact that Jimmy Young wasn't present, the show followed it's usual pattern of righteous indignation against teenagers, asylum seekers, unmarried young mothers and the unemployed.
Todays topic was sex education.
How old should children be before they know about sex? Or should I say, be told all about sex?
I could't believe what I was hearing. "Children who are told about sex at 10 years old become promiscuous when they are older". "Ban sex education in schools!" "Tell 'em nothing, just know where they are at all times".
I mean, do people really think like this?
We taught our boys all about sex as soon as they could put 3 words together. Sex was such a normal thing for adults to enjoy, it was how we had YOU, kids. Sex was never a big deal for our family, it was always a totally normal activity, a very matter of fact occupation that was better than King prawn curry.
From age 3 the boys had a sex education, including pics of those little tadpoles that made babies.It was just a normal, instinctive thing for us to do, to teach our children about the birds and the bees right from the start.
What do you think, should we hide the facts of life from our children?
Maybe, just maybe, hiding things away is what leads to the fascination with porn in later years.