Nothing! Abstinence is great. In fact, we talk rather extensively about abstinence in all of my middle and high school sex ed classes. It’s abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education that is the problem. But while I can tell you this – and in fact, you may believe me – I think you’ll have more fun learning about the issues with abstinence-only-until-marriage sex ed through this fabulous video series from Advocates for Youth. What they teach in these classes is really horrible. These are not a few, isolated classes, but this is standard fare for abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula.
Be radical. Teach your kids the truth about sex and openness and respect for themselves and others. The world, and your kids, will be better off.
I have a comprehensive middle school sexuality education class starting at the end of January that will do all this, plus much, much more. Particularly here in Texas, where we have abstinence-only-until-marriage sex ed required, there are few things that are more important than bringing your youth a healthy, lifelong approach to sexuality.