I actually have to leave for work soon but I thought I'd squeeze in a tiny blog post since I haven't been writing so much lately. Late yesterday evening I got back from a weekend trip to Gothenburg in Sweden (more on that later) where I was looking after the kids of a colleague from work. The children were a girl, 9 and a boy, 7. On our long car journey (yes, we drove) we talked a lot and I learned that the girl (who is 9 remember) had already had sex education at school... I thought 9 was a bit young to be learning about all of that stuff, and it wasn't an edited, basic, child-version of sex education, it was everything in detail.. I asked the parents if they had got a letter home from the school beforehand to ask for their permission to include their child in that class (this is standard practice in Ireland, or it was when I was in school) and they said no, and that they thought it was a bit early too but 'oh well'... I have to admit (maybe because I was brought up Catholic) that this shocked me quite a bit.
This is quite a difficult topic to discuss since kids are growing up faster and faster these days and maybe in some cases there is a need already at 9 to talk about sex.. But in most cases the girls are still playing with dolls and teddy bears and haven't even thought about that kind of stuff yet. I hope so at least..
Have a nice Monday everybody :)