Yes, I am sheltering my kids!
By this logic, I should've let my children play in the front yard as toddlers, so they could be exposed to cars driving by, because someday they were going to need to know that standing in the middle of the street could get them killed. It didn't matter that they weren't yet developed enough to understand the concept. By not letting them out there, I apparently denied them a critical opportunity to grow up properly. Bad mom! No cookie!
THIS ARTICLE, talking about a middle school after-school trip to Planned Parenthood (!), explains that someone spoke to the kids about the services offered by Planned Parenthood - including annual exams and PAP smears, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, birth control and pregnancy counseling - but that this was all okay because they didn't mention abortion.
My son is in middle school. He is not ready to have chats about sexually transmitted diseases or birth control. And because I haven't thrown him to the wolves of public school, thankfully, he's not being exposed to this sort of thing before he's old enough and mature enough to understand it.
Yesterday, I even read a comment on a blog by someone who said 12-year-olds need to be fully educated about sex "before things become a problem." Now this wasn't talking about explaining to your child where babies come from - this was, well, this was written by someone who would clearly support field trips to Planned Parenthood.
Give me a break. Yes, I do shelter my kids. It's called PARENTING. I think quite a few people need to look that word up! Preferably before they have children themselves.
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