Why sex education is important for your child?
11 August 2016, 18:05
Nairobi - In African homes, we sort of just grow into
things and learn through other ways but never at home. Some topics are taboo
and you will never even dare bring it up with your parents.
By the way, as an addendum, this is not a
research based thing. I am not a scientist or psychiatrist. I am just putting
it out there on why I think it is important.
Sex education, your child looks small and
innocent and yes, you are probably right, they are not ready for that and you
are not ready either but the problem is, ignorance from you will lead to them
being taken advantage of. That is why there are so many child molestation cases
in Kenya right now. You do not want to let your child know what happens between
opposite sexes so when someone is taking advantage of them, they do not even
know. They think it is okay and when it is an adult, it is even super okay and
it is alright because they offered you sweets anyway.
Do not live room for your child to be
exploited, especially at home when you leave them with someone else. As long as
you have told your child that person is in charge and they should do what they
are told, you should take some of the blame when such things happen.
Some of you parents, sorry to say might not
even know it is happening right now. Are you sure you can trust the people
around your child?
When a child can go to someone’s house, how
do you know what happens there. Children are constantly told, ‘Don’t tell
anyone…’ ‘Don’t tell your mum…’ ‘I will give you this if you don’t say…’
You might have used the same phrases as
well so they don’t think it is a big deal. So here they are, doing something
with someone, being touched inappropriately, but they do not know that it is
something that should not be happening. Relatives apply here as well- as long
as you put someone as the grown up in a relationship with a child, you have
told them what they say is gold.
Don’t be that parent, just have the talk
with your child because at the end of the day when they are taken advantage of,
you will have to accept part of the blame for applying ignorance.
Ignorance does not work anymore, they see
people kissing on television. They can handle sex talk.
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