If a picture is worth a thousand words, then multiple pictures can speak volumes. Reason #7 lends itself to such a “pictural post” for why parents should do sex-ed at home:
Because you can teach meaningful 2-pronged risk avoidance to help your children enjoy lives free of sinful sexual behavior & its consequences (STDs, pregnancy, sexual assault etc.)
A visitor from a distant planet who lands in America could easily get the impression that sexual activity is THE most important aspect of life here from cradle to grave. In past posts I’ve discussed countless examples of immoral ubiquity permeating everything from children’s toys & school curricula to entertainment media & tax-payer-funded “health” insurance.
Things are certainly out-of-balance. Parents must be the voice of reason in this overwhelming sex-saturated culture and uphold a sense of proportion & godly purpose for sex. Only parents are capable of applying a continuous two-pronged risk-avoidance strategy–rooted in love–throughout their children’s formative years. They can:
1. Teach kids skills for resisting temptation & discerning/avoiding risky situations.
2. Provide wholesome, fulfilling, character-building activities.
The second half of this strategy was dramatically displayed last weekend. My husband & I were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary at the Scottish Highland Games & Festival. I was amazed to see that many of the “pipe & drum bands” were comprised of adults & children—including very young children—marching in perfect formation as drum majors, bagpipers & snare-drummers. They wore the traditional kilt-based uniforms and maintained musical discipline regardless of the weather. In between performing for the crowds, they also played in tight circles for adjudicated competitions.
Having attempted to play a bagpipe once, I can tell you it’s not for sissies. The young band members had spent countless hours outside of school learning their instruments, and practicing their repertoire, their marching formation and even the care of their authentic, expensive uniforms. And unlike most school bands & drill teams that perform during an afternoon sporting event, the Scottish bands performed all day for 3 consecutive days. It was time well-spent as they developed valuable skills & disciplines, knowledge of family history & heritage, a healthy self-esteem and the joy of contributing to something greater than themselves. Their minds were being broadened and their character strengthened alongside adult mentors.
Of course it’s possible to overdo worthwhile activities at the expense of nurturing family relationships, but wise parents will strive for balance. And they’ll be equipping their sons & daughters to resist the destructive siren song of a sex-saturated culture.