On the way to the work this morning, I heard a lengthy news piece on the benefits of talking with kids about sexuality early and often. Jodi and I were leaders of our church’s high-school youth group in Michigan, and we heard firsthand where some our teens were getting their info – teen comedies and hip-hop, mostly. I wrote this in the midst of that, as I recall.
what kids need to know
it’s not like the movies,
it is never the best ever;
rarely slow, and almost never
the lighting is rarely gold or even
blue, and it doesn’t set well to
not everyone is doing
it — fewer than you’d think from
your folks, however, are — and that’s
good; you want that, even if you don’t care
maybe it’s just once a week, a month, but
God do they deserve it — don’t begrudge them that
its beauty isn’t really meant for
pictures — like childbirth, the aesthetics are
remember, on the playground, when they said how
it was done? that great and sinking feeling that somehow it
these miracles are less of water to wine, and more of raising
Lazarus, the crucifixion, a plague of frogs — glorious but not
you know how easy it is but not
how hard, how complex it can be, even
the mechanics are a snap; anyone can do
it — houseflies are adept, and you’re no
but it complicates. it breeds life, from which
you cannot turn — not without killing something
23 Jan 2002
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I have found that the problem with raising your kids to be comfortable talking about sex with you, is that then your kids are comfortable talking about sex with you.
Now that was great!
Yes Ephelba, that is true. When mine started telling me stories from high school, while they were still in high school, I was the one plugging my ears and saying, with my eyes closed, “Dead puppies, dead puppies!”
I love “your folks, however, are — and that's
I would like to have this to give to my teen students. And my kids someday.