*Welcome to ICLW* Warning: This blog is heavy on the pregnancy related subject matter!! If you want to continue, thanks for stopping by!
Today I was sitting at a table with two fifth grade children. They both come from families that are open with them about the birds and the bees. While I was at home for my embryo retrieval, one of these children overheard a staff member talking about why I was gone. I found this out when I returned, apologized to the parent, and the parent was very sweet about it and apparently spoke to her child about it.
The child began talking about her boyfriend and mentioned sex. I told her she really shouldn't be talking about that. She told me she knows all about it. I told her I know that and that's great, but there is a difference between knowing what it is and thinking about actually having it. I then stood up with my big belly and told her that this is what happens as a result and it's not something she should do for a very long time. Her response was:
"Not for you Miss Ashley! My mom told me about you. You could have sex all day long and never get pregnant!"
Of course I suffered an initial few seconds of shock. Normally something like this might bring tears to my eyes, I might need to retreat to my office to take some deep breaths or hide in the bathroom and cry. Maybe even just go home and be depressed. Definitely I would feel sorry for myself.
But that's not what happened. To my surprise, I laughed my butt off!
After quickly regaining my composure, I told her that yes, she is right about that. But for most people that isn't true. I told her if she needed to talk to me about stuff that was fine, but to promise me no more sex talk with boys at school! She promised me no more talking like that and also that she would not have sex until she was 20 and in college.
I guess I'm not going to be a very good example for preventing teen (or preteen) pregnancy, since I apparently have the luxury of having sex all day long without getting knocked up!