Mom explains why she teaches sex to her two- and three-year-olds
A mother says she teaches her toddlers, aged two and three, about sex. It comes after plans by the Welsh Government to make sex education in schools compulsory for children aged 3 to 16.
A group called Public Child Protection Wales says it is taking legal action against Welsh Government plans which mean parents will no longer be able to withdraw their children from sex education classes from September 2022. The group says that he wants the Welsh Government to remove relationships and sex education from the curriculum and to stop it being compulsory in schools, saying parents are being ‘denied their enshrined right’ to withdraw their child from school sex education.
Loose Women panelist Denise Welsh also weighed in on the programme’s plans, saying society had become too “woke”, although her colleague Katie Piper said sex education was “not just about of sex”.
But Caroline Hemmingham said teaching children about sex and relationships from an early age is a good thing. On the Hull Live websiteshe said: “Well, I don’t know exactly what these sex ed classes entail and I’d be intrigued to find out, but I think the idea of teaching kids about sex and relationships from the younger age can only be a good thing I’m not talking about describing to a preschooler the real ins and outs (ahem) of sex, but if kids are raised with less embarrassment and secret around the subject, surely they will be less likely to rebel and walk away and find out for themselves later?
“In reality, I recently read an old book on parenting that was published in the 1950s and while I disagreed with some of the advice in the book, it did talk a lot about how parents should talk to children as young as three about where babies come from. He says: “The important thing is that the child has the general idea and not that he associates something forbidden with the subject.
“The book goes on to say that if, by age five, your child has not asked where babies come from, then parents should ‘give the information voluntarily.’ It says, ‘If a child under six is informed step by step in a simple way he wants to know the moment his curiosity is aroused, he will take the facts of birth with the same carelessness with which he accepts other natural phenomena, such as the wind, rain and sun.
“It’s so true! Sex is, let’s face it, one of the most natural things in the world, so why don’t we talk about it with our children from an early age? Instead, I feel like the general consensus is to wait until kids start going through puberty to try and sit down and have “the conversation” – which couldn’t be more awkward, for the child or the parent!The only sex education I remember in school was around grade 5. The whole class was sat down in front of a television and showed a video where a man and a woman walked around their house.
“It kept freezing and then there were arrows pointing to all the ‘gross’ body parts. As you can imagine, everyone was in fits of laughter and the (male) teacher was sitting at the forward, legs crossed, looking completely humiliated.
“I don’t think we even had sex education in my high school. Is that crazy?! I’ve already started explaining my three-year-old daughter the rules because I don’t want her to feel embarrassed or confused about when she starts. And, as recommended in the book, I asked them both if they knew where the babies come from. My three-year-old son said “the charity shop at Northpoint” and my two-year-old son just gave me a blank expression.
“I think we’ll wait a little longer to go back. But seriously, it’s something I’m passionate about and I really believe that the more we normalize these things, the less chance our kids will fall behind. back and get into situations later.”