Most parents dread the day that they have to talk to their kids about sex. One UK couple took to the internet to hire a professional for the job they were too uncomfortable to do.
The couple is willing to pay almost $3,500 dollars for someone to come to their home, and talk to their two children about the birds and the bees.
The online ad said, "I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask for this kind of help, but here goes. My husband and I are looking to hire someone to give our 8-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son the 'talk'."
"Like most parents, we were hoping we would have more time before this became a problem; ideally, I’d avoid it altogether! But we’re at the point now where they aren't satisfied with the answer we’re giving them.
"I don’t trust the school to do a proper job teaching either of our children about the complexities of puberty, intimacy and consent which is why we’re looking for someone to handle this for us."
If you're thinking this sounds like the easiest $3,500 ever, you might be wrong. They aren't just looking for a sex talk, they have a long list of topics they want covered.
Here is the list they posted:
"• How sex is between two people who are in love (preferably married but we’re modern enough to know that’s not always possible)
• Consent (with a possible discussion of rape culture)
• Sex with both genders, from foreplay to penetration
• Periods (for our son too – we want him to be comfortable with this natural part of life for women)
But that's not all they're looking for...
• STIs – what they are, what they can cause and prevention
• Sexual protection - the pill, condoms, abstinence etc.
• Explanation of male and female anatomy
• Other gender types – transgender, non-binary etc. (this is an area we would really struggle in!)"
The couple is asking that any applicants be OFSTED registered with an up-to-date DBS check. They also would like the hired applicant to do the talk in their home, but the parents won't be in the room.
They also stated that they are willing to have one session a week for six weeks, or even do it all at once, whichever the professional thinks is best for the children.
This couple recognized their inability to teach their kids properly, and decided to pay a professional to do the job for them.
So, are these parents making the responsible decision to ensure their children receive the best possible sex education? Or are they pushing it too far, and springing this on their children too young, while paying way too much?