Sex, love and rock ‘n roll. Most of us only feel comfortable talking to our kids about one. I say, shake off the embarrassment you may feel and give it to the straight. Share how sex can be sacramental and holy and show them you care by taking the time to listen to their questions.
Today, over at Austin Catholic New Media I’m sharing how parents should stop dumbing down sex for their kids. Below is a quick excerpt, but to read more, click on that link.
“Oh, we haven’t had ‘the talk’, but I’m dreading the day he asks,” a friend recently lamented. I was at a loss for what to say. You see, I think we dumb down the wrong things for our kids and focus, instead, on the silly things.We’re quick to buy that ticket to “Magic Mike” or plunk down $20 for 50 Shades of Grey – no embarrassment there. In fact, we take pictures, tweet about it and make it our Facebook status. Yet, when asked to talk to our kids about sex, we clam up like we have nothing to offer on the subject. We fear (gasp) that the conversation will be too awkward.
How awkward will it be to take your 16-year-old to the OB/GYN to confirm her pregnancy? How awkward will it be when your teenage son contracts a sexually transmitted disease? How awkward will it be to discover pornography on your home computer or evidence of sexting on the family cell phone? If you don’t take the initiative to share the beauty and sacramentality of sex with your children, then the secular world will warp it and showcase the ugliest side there is.