At some point, it's bound to happen. Your little kid is going to ask where babies come from. So how will you respond? Will you show them illustrations of adults having sex? Pictures of a woman putting a condom on an erect penis? That's what a classroom of 6-year-olds was treated to as a "sex education" class at their elementary school.
The way parents are reacting is not exactly surprising. They are pissed with a capital P!
After looking at the explicit pictures available over at the German newspaper Spiegel (warning: don't click unless you're prepared for some not safe for work stuff to pop up), I don't blame them. I don't want my 7-year-old looking at pictures of erect penises, even if they are drawings rather than photos.
She's 7! She has plenty of time to figure out how all that works.
But the whole mess at this elementary school in Germany has me feeling more conflicted than I expected.
The truth is, I don't think it's wrong to teach kids as young as 6 or 7 some basic sex ed. They deserve answers to their questions about where they came from, answers other than the ridiculous "the stork brought you."
To me the question isn't whether schools should offer sex ed to 6-year-olds but how they teach them.
We want to keep things age appropriate, and I can't help but wonder if the best way to do that is to let them come up with the imagery themselves. No photos. No illustrations of (shudder) condoms being wrapped around penises.
Just talk to them, pretty clinically, about what happens, and let their little brains draw the pictures in their own heads. It can't get much more age appropriate than a kid using his or her own experiences to create an image in their brain, can it?
Would you allow your kids to see these images?
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