Good Advice From Mom: Always Use Condoms
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our own moms to tell us what they learned about sex. Meet AU’s mom, a 52-year-old mother of two daughters, who was one of 12 children.
AU: What was the best piece of advice you got from your mother?
Mom: “Don’t do it, you’ll have babies!” The best piece of advice she said she passed onto her children was, “Always use condoms, and don’t sleep with a man if he don’t love you.” My mother said when she looks back she doesn’t regret being open and honest with her children, but she does regret not talking about it more.
In hindsight I can now see that I am “open” about sex just as my mom, and her mother were, however, I would like to think that I will take this one step further with my daughter, by talking directly to her, and giving her a real sex education as she grows older. My mother taught me the way she was taught, she felt that adding her own bit about protection and love was the “education” we needed, so perhaps with each generation we learn and teach more.
We invite you, if you’re a mom, (or are even just the cool, approachable older adult to some lucky kid), to tell us how your own sexual upbringing has influenced your relationship with your kids. Or if you’re another writer, please send us your story or link to Moms in Babeland. We’ll draw a winner at random from all the posts and links we receive and send the lucky recipient a MiMi vibrator. You can give it to your mom!
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