This is a video of parents talking to their children about sex and how babies are made.
In Western culture, it’s more common to have this ‘awkward’ but necessary conversation at a young age with either our parents or through school curriculum.
Sex education is compulsory in Australia and that’s how I learnt it about it at the age of about 10 years.
You will also find a lot of mothers teach their daughters and sons at teenage age about how to put on a condom and how to access the contraceptive pill (for women).
But I know from speaking with Nepalis, this is not usually the case. Many people in rural villages in Nepal especially are not educated about safe sex which leads to unplanned pregnancies (among children too) and abortions.
I think it’s healthy for kids to learn about this from their parents or through sex education in school rather having to discover it through porn or other unhealthy ways.
I believe it encourages healthy attitudes toward women surrounding respect and consent, and of course because it educates children the right way about safe sex, pregnancy etc.
I would be interested to know if it’s part of the school curriculum nationally in Nepal as it is here.
In the separate video of the young boy with the Chinese mother and American father, the father says “and mumma didn’t know how babies were made because in China they don’t talk about it, she has to figure it out herself” and the little son says “oh poor Mummy” and he pats her on the back. I’m pretty sure most Nepalis have to figure it out for themselves!
Who else has noticed cultural differences about how this topic is raised in Asia compared to the West?
How will you teach your children about ‘the birds and the bees?