When I was about six, my mom took out the encyclopaedia and showed my sister and myself what sex is. Who knows where we even heard the word!
There is such a debate about whether children and parents should speak about sex, and many parents leave sex education to the teachers. Even though the media openly celebrates sex with lovemaking people strewn over billboards, magazines and television shows, the subject is still so taboo among families, to the point that children know nothing about what they’re seeing in the world.
I have to wonder though whether my sister and I were exposed to sex education too early. I was definitely interested earlier, but this openness with my parents is what kept me from being sexually exploratory too soon. Six might have been a better age though, because I managed to stay a virgin until I was in my early twenties. My sister would have been about four, and perhaps she was told too early, as she was sexual with other people much sooner than myself.
Regardless, the reason my mother told us so early is that she was born into the society where sex wasn’t even mentioned, let alone spoken about in an educating manner. My father gave my mother a book explaining her sexuality to her before they got married. Before that she didn’t know anything at all.
Do you think sex education is important for children? When is the right time to tell them? Do you think you should have been told earlier, and if you were, would you have restrained yourself? 😉