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This is a sad fact, but — yes, they are. However….
You’re actually seeing a great deal of responsibility behind all of it these days. Back when it seemed like the whole race of humanity was only just beginning to explore the concept of sex, it seemed that teens were only just discovering it and not realizing how crucial the decision was to lose your virginity. Teen pregnancies skyrocketed, and there was almost a mere shock from it happening. Some teen fathers were even more shocked that it was happening to them!
It’s a bit different now. Teens understand the consequences, even when they risk them. They have a better understanding of their options — whether it’s abortion, adoption, or simply keeping the baby. More of these teens are taking an active role in the responsibility that comes with being a mother. And — yes, this is a good thing — more teens are simply learning their lessons!
Sex education, in this writer’s opinion, is working. Maybe not exactly the way we intended, but nevertheless it’s working. It’s opening the eyes of our teens, it’s helping them stay aware of what’s out there, what’s coming ahead.
This isn’t to say, though, that it’s okay to just go ahead and ‘try it.’ Being prepared isn’t the same as being smart.
But at the very least, you can count on your teens to keep a clear head about what they’re doing. In this imperfect world, you really can’t ask for much more than that. And in all honesty, that’s about as close to perfection in life as you can get.