Originally Posted by InTheGenes
Did you mean to use the words "sexual situations"? To me, that carries a very different connotation, like... putting them in a room where sex acts are being performed, or popping in a porno, and sitting them down in front of the TV set.
That's one kind of situation. Kids are viewing too many scenes on TV of people acting and speaking in sexually suggestive ways.
Allowing your kids to be in the same room as a gay person or a transgendered person wouldn't be a "sexual situation", in my book, unless explicit sex acts were part of the experience.
Being in the same room as a gay or transgendered person, and being exposed to explicit sex acts by anyone, are the two extremes. There's a range of experiences in between.
Sitting at a dining table with a group of people, straight, gay, or transgendered, is not a sexual situation, unless people begin discussing sexual topics, or acting in sexually suggestive ways. Straight or gay, that's not appropriate with children present.
My point is, why do children need to know what's happening in anyone's bedrooms? If they do have a curiosity, and ask questions, then fine, answer them. But most of the time, kids can enjoy their young lives without concerning themselves about what's happening in the grown-ups' bedrooms. Of course, part of the problem is bedroom activity is becoming more public and media activity.
Why can't kids just be kids
for 12-14 years? They will have another 50-70 years left to worry about sexual relationships and situations. Isn't that enough?
Just 12-14 short years to ride bikes, skate, sled, read adventure stories, play with kittens and puppies, go fishing, jump rope, build Legos creations, act silly, play in the mud, climb trees, skip and tumble, make snowmen and snow forts, bounce a ball, collect sea shells and dead bugs, or just rest in the grass and look up at the clouds.