If your first reaction to news that High School Musical star Zac Efron’s mom buys his condoms is a grimace, don’t worry. I don’t like thinking of my three-year-old one day having sex either.
But Efron is twenty, and his mom wants him to be safe. Wouldn’t you?
When photos of Efron and girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens surfaced, showing them at what appeared to be a sex shop, Efron says his mom confronted him. But she admitted she knew already that he was sexually active – and she showed it by stocking his Christmas stocking with an economy-sized box of condoms.
I don’t know that I’d be quite that showy. A box slipped under the pillow or left on the bedroom desk, maybe. Shoved in the Christmas stocking? Er, reserve that for socks and underwear Ma!
But it’s nice to see a mother who understands you need to set the squeamishness aside if you want to protect your kids. Remember – I’m not talking about a three-year-old, but if a teen is having sex, and you know it, ignoring it is not going to make it go away. Neither is screaming, yelling or riding them about it. Once it’s happened, you have to get cracking.
The problem? A 2000 survey by the Kaiser Foundation showed thirty percent of sexually active teens are too embarrassed to actually condoms (although eighty-seven percent said they believed they were somewhat or very effective at preventing pregnancy, followed by eighty-four who believe they can protect against HIV/AIDS and seventy-two percent against STDs). That’s nearly a third of all sexually active kids.
Would you really want to run the risk that your kid is one of the three in ten who won’t buy them? Is it worth saving yourself the embarrassment to have to have someone call you Grandma?
So would you follow Mrs. Efron’s lead? If you already knew your child was sexually active, would you buy them birth control?
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