I want to encourage you to attend our presentation “Beyond the Birds & Bees.” Why? If you’re thinking that your child is too young for “the talk,” that you’re not comfortable having the talk, that you’re too busy for the talk, that the talk isn’t necessary because your child already knows everything, that they got the talk in school or that your child will never engage in sex in their teens, this presentation is for you.
Every parent will experience their child transitioning through puberty and adolescence. With the right information and a strong parent/child connection, there will be a positive outcome. This presentation is offered to parents of children 4th grade through high school to adequately equip them for future conversations with their child.
I’m totally convinced that the more educated parents become on this topic, the healthier their children will be– and that includes their self-esteem as well. I’ve been a sex educator for 30 years, and early on I realized that the best person to educate children is their parents. Unfortunately, most parents received little or no education when they were their child’s age and are ill prepared to have the open, honest conversations that young people need today.
That’s where we come in.
In Beyond the Birds & Bees we cover topics that prepare parents who have young children and want to get a head start and parents who have teens and need the tools and bravery to talk with their children.
It is important to have ongoing conversations with your child about physical and emotional changes, hygiene, male and female reproductive anatomy, gender identity, sexual intercourse and (depending on their age) sexually transmitted diseases and methods of birth control. Understanding all of these things is the best foundation for their abstaining from early sexual behaviors.
These topics might seem overwhelming, and to most parents, they are. That’s why only 4% of parents initiate these conversations with their children.
Most parents want to be their child’s primary sex educator, but few actually are—often for the reasons in the first paragraph. It’s imperative to get past your own reservations and discomfort, though, because who is better than a parent to have these conversations with their child? Who is better equipped to educate your child in a context that includes your personal beliefs and morals?
Most public schools will offer something that resembles sex education. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, health classes have been eliminated from a lot of schools, and many private schools don’t teach sex education at all. If you don’t step up and fill the gap, where will your child get the information they need to be prepared for puberty and sex? On the playground, from their peers, from the internet… Do you really want your son’s best friend to become his sexual educator? Or the internet?
Approximately 46% of teens in the United States are sexually active. Currently the average ages at which young people are engaging in vaginal intercourse is 15 ½ for boys and 16 for girls. In the case of oral sex, the age decreases to much younger. Even though the teen pregnancy rate has gone down, the sexually transmitted disease rate has steadily increased in the United States.