Here’s a revolution:  “just say no” … 

When I was growing up, sex ed was the new thing.  You were required to take it prior to graduating.  What does it teach you?  How to have safe sex, basically.  What doesn’t it teach you?  What it takes to be a parent. 

Why don’t schools teach, instead of sex ed, Parenting Education?  This should be a requirement for all high school graduates.  They take in part of the sex ed, but mostly about parenting.  They get weekly visits from a local teen mom and her baby and learn how to behave around an infant.  They learn how to change diapers, how to dress a baby, how to feed the baby a bottle, how to burp the baby, all the little things that first-time moms dont’ really know. 

THEN you teach them about the time it takes behind parenting.  Make them live on a budget that includes diapers, wipes, formula.  Take them through the stages of terrible twos, terrible threes, preschool, and beyond.   Teach these teenagers about time management: that it WILL take an hour to get ready to go anywhere, that as they get older, they need to learn to schedule in sports and play dates and daycare.  Make them understand what, exactly, it takes to be a parent, and I guarantee you there will be a drastic drop in teen pregnancies. 

Young teen moms won’t oodle over a baby and want to have one; they’ll look at a baby and see how much work it is to raise one.  I bet that lack of freedom, alone, will make them think twice about unprotected sex.  And in the process, they’ll learn how to live on a budget, which will help them once they are cut off from the free ride of living at home.   If you want young citizens to become responsible young citizens, parents need all the help they can get.  And yes, you can flunk out of Parenting Ed and be forced to re-take it. …

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