It’s not unusual to outsource certain aspects of parenting. Sometimes we hire people to handle the things we don’t particularly like (cleaning, laundry, etc.). Other times, we recognize that we may not be equipped to help our kids with something (like math) and hire someone more suited to meet their needs. But these parents in the UK are outsourcing a rather strange duty. They posted a sex talk ad on a local nanny job board. What are they looking for, exactly? Well, they want someone to explain the birds and the bees to their kids.
The sex talk ad is very straightforward and detailed. I mean, those who can’t teach find someone who can, right?
Listen, I get it. Having the sex talk with kids is … awkward. They ask so many questions! When I explained menstruation to my 7-year-old, she asked questions (good questions) that I didn’t have the answer to. Sometimes it definitely helps to have an outsider do the explaining. It sounds like these parents know the importance of educating their kids about sex and all it entails, and want to make sure the information they’re getting is correct. I don’t see anything wrong with this, to be honest. And I really appreciate that they want their kids to learn about consent and intimacy, which is SO important.
Their list of what they want covered in the sex talk is very comprehensive. These kids are going to get the gold standard of sex education.
This is what should be taught in every sex education program, but unfortunately, we know that’s not the case for most kids. I applaud these parents for wanting their children to learn about consent, sexual protection, and gender types. And admitting that the topic of gender types is one the parents would struggle with is huge! There’s no shame in knowing that you don’t know everything, but it’s admirable that they want their kids to have the knowledge they themselves are still developing.
The parents who posted the ad included qualifications the right candidate should possess. And the pay rate for this job? A whopping $3400 US. I wonder if they’ll pay for airfare…
All in all, I don’t see anything wrong with this. If you know you wouldn’t be able to give your kids a comprehensive, accurate sex talk, then why not find someone who can? It’s 2018, and the birds and the bees have gotten A LOT more complicated. No sense in confusing the next generation just so you can say you did it yourself.
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