Let’s face it. Talking about sex isn’t hard in a room full of adults. It’s only when kids are around do a lot of parents go silent without a way to deal with that inevitable thing called ‘The Talk.’
Add in the silent arm of technology and chances of your child getting ‘talked’ to from a source other than mom and dad just went up a few bits. As Alonda Thomas sees it, the days of kids learning the facts of life have changed since her childhood.
“I feel like things have changed so much from when I was a teenager to what teens are going through now. In my family, I didn’t actually have a formal sit down conversation with my parents about sex. I kind of just knew what was expected of me and how my parents would kill me if they ever found out that I was having sex. And so I at least made it until I was in college,” the author revealed to EUR’s Lee Bailey. “Today, with the images that are on television and in music, kids are just being bombarded with sexual images at such a younger age.”
The onslaught of sex ultimately sparked a desire for Thomas to pen her latest book, “It’s Okay To Wait: A Father / Daughter Conversation.” According to the Florida A&M University graduate, the page-turner, which centers on a father chatting with his daughter about the birds and the bees, serves as “a useful tool for parents so that they can take some of the fear and anxiety out of this conversation.”
“I just want parents to be encouraged that their young people are going to grow up but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to need you for guidance and support. It might be a tough subject to try to cover, but your kids need you to kind of let them know that you’re there for them and you’re not going to judge them in this area of their life,” Thomas explained about the book, which targets kids ages 9 and up. “Please use this as an opportunity to get the conversation started and just be there for them as they’re going through this transition that all teens have to go through and help them to make wise decisions.”