Saw this today. What do you think?
I have taught my 8 yr old about small things, and at age 5, she knew parts. She asked questions at age 6 and I listened and answered accordingly, keeping communication open.
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I am completely comfortable with my children learning sex ed in school, even at that age. They are already bombarded with sexual images every single day that I much prefer that they learn correct information. We have parents come in very frequently and ask for age appropriate or religious appropriate materials to discuss this subject with their children. I usually suggest the "Its not the Stork" series by Robie Harris
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Condoms!? OMG That's really extreme! a big NO!
An age-appropriate understanding of reproduction is absolutely fine with me. I think calling it sex-ed is being a bit alarmist.
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condoms? are you freaking kidding me? the reason they give condoms in high school is because they know teenagers aren't going to listen to 'abstinence!' and 'just say no' so they figure that being the case, they may as well give them protection. But elementary school, kindergarten, are you kidding me? They're not even thinking that far ahead, they don't want to know how to protect themselves from stds or pregnancy, they just want to know where babies come from! it's like saying, 'here's some condoms so you can be safe, even though your question wasn't about needing condoms for safe sex in the first place'. are you freaking kidding me, i'd personally petition any school that gave out condoms to children, and it'd be even funnier to see the kids fill the condoms up with water and throw them at the windows because to a little kid, that's about all they're good for. hahahaha give me a break
I've been toying with the idea of home schooling and now I'm definitely leaning in that direction.
I think there is a time and place for everything but sometimes we need to just let kids be kids.
Yes kindergardeners should know the proper names for all body parts, it makes sure there is no mystery and the child has a since of trust in the parents honesty. But it is not the job of the public school system to teach this, this should be on the parents, and if the parents don't want their kids to learn this yet that is their choice and it should not be infringed on by the government.
I think that the idea that we have "the talk" with our children is an outdated concept that really didn't work when we were young. I liked a discussion that I heard on The Doctors program. Sex education starts at a very early age. At 1 or 2 we are learning our body parts, 3 or 4 we are learning the functions, and it is added to as the child gets older. I don't think that it is a bad idea for 5 year olds to know the rel names of their private parts. As a counselor, I believe that educating our children in an age appropriate way may actually keep them safe from people in the world who want to hurt them. I am planning on doing a series on my website about this topic before Christmas. Please visit me at parentsharing.org for this and other relevent information.
Ok, the condom thing had to be for shock value because you couldn't actually come up with anything intelligent to say. Sex ed is NOT teaching your kids how to have sex. That is just ignorant. Please, if you do not understand the curriculum, ASK. Teachers and schools should give you the topics they will teach openly. I took sex ed in 5th grade and we did not learn how to have sex, we learned all the proper names for male and female parts. I believe we should teach Kindergarten sex ed. They should know that their penis is just that, a penis, NOT a winky. When kids hit puberty and are sheltered from their own bodies it can be a terrifying experience for which they are ashamed. Also most of the kids i have known that were not taught about there own bodies became...well...easy. Those i have known that understood their bodies respected their bodies. When my son was 2 1/2 he was bathing with his cousin, who was a girl. He asked why she looked like that and he had "this stuff" I explained because she was a girl and he was a boy and your bodies are different. Girls have vagina and boys have a penis. He was fine with that answer. To explain parts you do not have to explain what adults do with those parts. At a young age we teach our kids where there belly button and nose are, and we usually don't make up silly names for them, and if we do, we also tell them the real name. Why should we not do that for our genitals?