Comments: The Talks You have When Your Mom is a Math Geek

Hah. My parents stumbled around and then suggested a read a book called "Almost 12" or something like that. The book was stupid (that I remember) and that was the last time the subject ever came up. Fortunately for me I was soc**lly stunted and still have trouble talking to girls thirty years later. :)

Apparently the word soc**l with an ia in the middle doesn't pass the "questionable content" filter.

Posted by Calvin A. at April 16, 2012 09:48 PM

My husband put a jar of condoms in our bathroom. Thinking he was being open minded, had "a talk" with his son (from previous marriage)...telling him that he was free to take the condoms, "no questions asked." Hoping to make the idea of safe sex less of a taboo.

Well, his son replied, somewhat annoyed: "Dad? Why would I need to come all the way over to your house to get condoms when I can just go buy them?!"

Oh...uh...oops. Too late!

Posted by DogsDontPurr at April 16, 2012 11:05 PM

From the sounds of things, Ringo has already "done the math". I wouldn't worry about him.

It is amazing how much we teach our children when we're not talking.

Posted by The Thomas at April 17, 2012 09:28 AM

Which brings me to a story ... I got this from my Son in Law regarding one of his friends, who ended up being a example to the others ...

Said young man (not my SIL) got friendly with a young lady ... for a while ... did not take precautions ... the young lady got pregnant (as sometimes happens), but ... she didn't want to get married ... she wasn't interested in an abortion ... she just wanted a baby and found a baby-daddy ... the young man is now paying for his choices for the next 18 years.

Posted by The Thomas at April 17, 2012 07:35 PM

If you want grand children, terrorizing your children about sex might not be a good idea.

Even if your sex partner caught, for example, pubic lice, from their previous partner it doesn't mean you'll automatically get it too. If they noticed the itch there's a good chance they'll clear the condition.

Fact is that you're eventually going to die no matter how careful you are about choosing your sex partners. Far more children are killed in automobile accidents than die due to STDs.

Posted by Carl Brannen at April 17, 2012 09:46 PM

Carl- I think dying of AIDS would suck. I've watched it. Up close and personal. I'd rather not have grandchildren than have any of my kids die of that... whether we all die eventually or not. And I know they have all these great cocktails and what not (I know people on them too), but that's not a path I want for them nor my friends who have HIV... would they want that for my children either.

There is an STD that is running through one of the high schools right now according to one of my kids. As he put it,"They all slept with each other and now they all have it...' Hearing that through the grapevine startled him more than any conversation I've had with him to date...

And the funny thing is, as much as they know, when it came to the specifics, I realized he still didn't get the impact. He said, "I can't remember which one now... Herpes or HIV..." and I said, "Ummm... 10:1 says it's Herpes because HIV is what causes AIDS and if THAT was running through that school, it would be the front page of the paper..."

Posted by Bou at April 18, 2012 05:51 AM

Okay, on the heels of that sunny note by Carl Brannen above, may I just say that 1)My son was always uncomfortable talking about sex to where I joked that he couldn't even spell it without shifting in his seat, 2)because of that, I never had the talk with my son and he had a son when he was a freshman in college, 3)my coworkers laughed at me when I said it was probably the first girl he had sex with, and 4)even though my now 13 year old grandson was not planned (at least by my son because I also think the mom wanted a baby-daddy) he is a joy in my life. So the bottom line is, it all works out if you have the right attitude.

Posted by PeggyK at April 18, 2012 05:54 AM

Our oldest son has four friends who serve as examples of where impulsive behavior leads. I have to say that I am in a way grateful for THEIR errors, because it has made a far greater impression than any sermon my husband or I could concoct.

So, he has learned vicariously about drugs (the mushroom story that Bou is familiar with - as well as another less amusing story) and saw another friend get the oops-I'm-a-dad news.
Worst was the acquaintance who (on very little alcohol) made a fatal decision to drive, killed his girlfriend in the resulting accident, and had to deal with the guilt AND the legal system.

I don't think our son is much given to taking stupid risks, but this pretty much sealed it!

Posted by PeggyU at April 18, 2012 02:45 PM

Well Bou,

I'm probably the last one to give advice on sport-fucking, but I'm good to go, I made it with no damage. I know some who didn't.

Just explain that Herpes CAN NOT be cured, and he'll have problems with his Johnson for life. That ought to do it.

Delete this if you like.

Posted by Yabu at April 18, 2012 10:05 PM

Bou - regarding the mathematically challenged - don't know if you've ever seen the Deming exercises that teach statistic methods using colored marbles.. that approach could definitely be applied to this problem. Take one marble and six pop out.. one of them is red then you have an STD...

Posted by -flatlander- at April 22, 2012 06:34 PM