At maybe age 4, I remember my mom asking me if I knew what a penis was. And a vagina. I answered correctly so over the span of maybe three years, she gave my sister and me a few books on the subject of your changing body and how babies are made. That was my version of “the talk.” Fast forward to the President Clinton scandal era and after hearing the word on the news every day, I ask “what’s infidelity?” I was met with a long, hard stare and told to look it up. Needless to say, my mom wasn’t the best teacher for sex education. She did sign the letter to allow me to attend sex ed classes though…
As a future parent, I hope to open up the dialogue early and keep it open so that my child will feel comfortable enough to come to me (or his father) with any questions or concerns. It really is a sensitive topic and one of those I believe should first be discussed at home or, at the very least, a welcoming environment.
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Ruvimbo Maria Kuuzabuwe discusses the need for better sex education at home and at school