I guess I never thought of incest as an issue. Most children I know won't even hug their siblings, and this continues right into the young adult years. By the time they reach the age where they don't view their siblings as "icky," they already know about incest.
But... perhaps it is an issue in different parts of the world?
we would never think our children would do that to each other. You are right it should be addressed, but how? Perhaps you could write a hub about how to approach these subjects with our children. We think of them as innocent, and maybe do not want to give them ideas on how not to be. Maybe unsure how to prepare them for harsh realities.
And at what age would you bring this up? We start teaching our children about stranger danger very young, but what about sexual predators in the home or not so distant relatives or in the case of the dysfunctional family where mom or dad have started dating, what would be the appropriate age to clue them in on what is right and wrong?
Isn't part of the Stranger Danger lessons also Good Touch, Bad Touch? They taught my niece in school about Good Touch, Bad Touch. They also started teaching my nephew this year. They are 5 and 6 years old. So perhaps this is enough to warn them against sexual predators and molestation?
You know, it's odd. I always become wary of hubbers without a photograph or without hubs who come into the forum and make strange topics. But I didn't think to look at his profile. Now I've got the heeby jeebies about him.
Prob a sock puppet but it does bring up an interesting topic or two that someone could follow up on.
@Pani, yes it is part of the topic of Stranger Danger and yes they are starting them out at 5 and 6. We had to unfortunately go through this with the my step boys. At the age of 3 and 4 they had been exposed to so much sex in their mothers house that they were starting to experiment on each other. So, even though you might think that children in the bedroom with you is ok up until a certain age you might be surprised by what they are gleaning from it.
I'm sorry to hear that, lynnechandler. I hope you didn't think I was being insensitive to children who have been sexually molested or lived in an environment like that. I, too, have had some experiences with sexual abuse. I guess I was stating my opinion from most of the norms I've seen and not thinking about the more severe cases where children don't live in a "normal" home. Honestly, I didn't think most parents would have sex with their children in the room, even when they are very young, but sometimes I forget people's opinions differ from mine.
Pani, I took no offense. I never would have thought about it either. I mean, I know my own mother kept me in a bassinet by their bed up until I was about six months old, then moved me into the room with my sister. I didn't grow up thinking about these things and when presented with them for the first time it took me some adjusting in my thinking on how to handle things.
I mean my own children took baths together I think up until my daughter was like six and her brother was 4 it was just a conservation on time. However, now I wouldn't think of it knowing what I know.
You just have to be really aware of what they are seeing and hearing etc because they retain so much at such a young age and then it might just go out of their minds but if it continues or they continue to see such acts, ok rambling I will stop now.
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