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#WhyCare -- Annie

Annie is an intelligent, compassionate person who carefully balances her parenting role with her professional role. Now that her children are in elementary school, Annie realizes she needs to have some "talks" with her son and daughter. This point was driven home when her mother handed her the very same book on puberty that she had given to Annie as a child. Annie’s mother instructed her, "Be sure you share this book with the kids. And when you're done, give it back to me so I can give it to your brother to show his kids next."

#WhyCare -- Dylan

Many years ago, I was working with a rural school district that needed support in planning their sex education programming. A nurse shared the life-altering experience she had while working in a clinic in southern Michigan.

How Can We Remain Silent About Puberty? (Part 1)

Young people are getting mixed messages:

  • Sex is still considered a dirty word and a taboo subject, even though sex is everywhere.
  • Sex is used to sell products, internet services, movies, and television shows, and is the topic of jokes and conversations, but many young people have difficulty accessing reliable information.
  • Mainstream culture is shouting “do it” while young people are told “don’t do it.”

Young people are receiving distorted messages:

Sex Education Maelstrom

Recent news events have illustrated the need for sex education that begins early; incorporates effective strategies and accurate information; and supports parents, teachers, and schools in their efforts to educate children and youth in a manner that equips them for life. How to do so is the challenge.

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