Does a 10-year-old need to know about oral sex? (VIDEO)

I'm truly not looking forward to the day I have to start talking to my children about sex. My mom never really talked to me about it and so I ended up learning some things on my own, others from my older sister and the rest came with time. I, by no means, want that to be the case with my children. But I truly have no idea how I'm going to do it. 

Nor do I really know what's the perfect age to start talking to them and how much I'm supposed to tell them. So I can see why some parents in Washington state were not happy when their 10 and 11-year-old children were taught about both anal and oral sex. 


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The parents say there was no need for their 5th grade children to get the graphic sex-ed lessons. The state mandates that fifth graders be taught about sexually transmitted diseases, but the parents are outraged at the level of detail used by the principal. In her defense, though, she was just answering questions she got about oral and anal sex. What was she supposed to do? 

Like in other school districts around the country, parents in the small town of Onalaska in Washington state get a notice about the sex education curriculum--which begins in 4th grade--beforehand and they can always opt out. I'm not really sure when my daughter's school will begin doing that, but you can bet I'll be all over that curriculum. While I don't think I'll end up opting out, I think that even though I've no idea how I'll do it, I much rather talk to my own daughter about the topics that will be covered and what she's taught in school can be a plus. 

Even so, I'm really not looking forward to it, but I guess I'll have to get over it because I would much rather she learn about the birds and the bess from me than from her friends. 

Any advice on when I should start talking to my children about sex and how to do it? Please share by leaving a comment.

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