A few weeks ago, my son told us that in health class they learned how to properly put on a condom. I wasn't sure how to react so I replied with the token, "really? hmmm." He proceeded to explain how they did it and said that anyone can buy a condom no matter how old they are. My son is 14 and in 8th grade. My husband (who is usually a little too lenient for my taste) felt that it was too soon to be teaching this to our firstborn who up until last summer thought that it was against the law to have sex until you turned 21. My opinion tends to allow for information with conversation. It is fine to learn about condoms, as long as I can be an involved parent.
I was just chatting with a co-worker about high school looming in the distance. She said that her spouse was emptying the garbage in their son's room and found a condom. Really this didn't surprise me. I am not naive and I realize that the majority of high school students are sexually active. Again, my thought is to give them the necessary information to make responsible choices.
Then last night I was completely caught off guard. I had dinner with a friend and her son who is a high school senior. This young man is a popular, varsity baseball player. We talked about a variety of subjects including the obvious- girls. He said that he didn't want to get serious with a girl at this time in his life and that he is waiting to have sex. Wow. Wasn't ready for that.
My desire to be a "good" mom, one that is easy to talk to, a mom that can get along with all of my son's friends led me to forget what it means to be a mom. It concerns me that I may be inadvertently supporting pre-marital sex by encouraging this openness with my son. My generation needs to remember that although we are different than our parents, and that we must remain abreast of the times, we must still give our children the guidance they need to make good choices. Their choices. Not only do our children need to know how to put on a condom, but they also must know about abstinence. They must realize that it is okay and even admirable to wait for this significant milestone. And WE need to remember that being a parent is so much more important than being a friend.