I know a lot of parents hesitate to have "the talk" about sex with their kids out of embarrassment. In my case, the problem is more that I always wind up rolling on the floor laughing. Here's what happened yesterday.
My nine and a half year old, who's in fifth grade, came home from three days of "family life" curriculum with the idea that you can get AIDS from kissing someone. We had a discussion with her and discovered that she thought "sexual contact" meant kissing. (I've had "the talk" with her at least once before, but all the facts seem to have disappeared from her little brain.) So I gave her a basic review of the mechanics involved in sex. She looked at me with an expression of revolted horror.
"Do YOU do this?"
I admitted that I did.
She thought about it a few minutes longer, and the look of disgust on her face intensified. At last she demanded, "When I'm a grownup, do I HAVE to do this??"
*Snort* I really hope she keeps this attitude all the way through her teenage years. But I don't suppose I'll be so lucky!