Here is an email I received from a friend of mine who is CONSIDERING signing up for my sex education class with her sixth grade son. I thought you might have the same concerns so I am sharing my response with you as well.
“I’m having a tough time deciding what to do!! My friend has been emailing me to confirm we are taking your 5 week, sex-ed workshop, but I don’t know if I’M ready and I don’t know of he’s ready. Help!!!”
“I’m concerned about giving him too much info…especially of he’s not asking yet…I feel like I’m taking way his innocence…..Help!!!”
Here is my response to this worried, sweet friend of mine.
You will never be ready for this, honestly, it’s a hard thing to be ready for. Instead of asking yourself if you are ready, try asking these questions instead:
Do I want him to feel he can talk to me and his Dad about these topics as they come up?
Do I want him to be able to trust his instincts, instead of the media, around what feels right and wrong?
Do I want him to feel empowered by having facts and knowledge of how the world works?
Do I want him to respect that his body was made perfectly, by design, and is nothing to be ashamed of?
Obviously I am biased, not because I care whether you take the class or not, but because I truly believe kids deserve to be able to have honest conversations about real, important issues with their parents.
This class is geared towards 9-12 because often, your window of opportunity closes. (Literally, my 13 year old has his door SHUT, all the time!)
hugs and compassion,
“Thank you Torie,
I love you;)