Recently on CNN.com I read this article about Jamie Lynn Spears (little sister to Britney Spears) announcing that she's pregnant. While I could care less about her being pregnant, but they were talking about how parents are going to explain to their children who may watch Jamie's show Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon. Since I have two teenagers at home, this is definitely a topic I wanted to follow up on.
I consider myself very lucky that I have two fantastic children who are respectful of others, don't get in to trouble at school and have zero interest in drinking or drugs. Seriously, with that stuff out of the way, anything else that comes up with the kids is pretty small potatoes. Sure, I can't get my son to clean his room to save my life. But if it's a choice between a clean room and having to worry that they are out doing drugs or shoplifting, I'll take the messy room.
Last night while we were out shopping, I brought up this subject with my wife. I explained everything I had read on CNN.com and how some of the parents who had responded to the article had said that they would use this news as a way to talk to their kids about making smart choices and waiting until they are older to experiment with having sex.
This morning, after my wife dropped off the kids at school, she came in to the room while I was getting ready for work and tells me that she spoke with the kids this morning on the way to school. I asked how it went. She says the following:
I asked them if they knew who Jaime Lynn Spears was. Our son said, “Yeah, she's pregnant.” I said that I know I have good kids who make smart choices and I am very proud of them. I realize that you are teenagers and that you may be starting to have questions about sex. So, if you do have any questions, ask your Father.
She sold me up the river. Damn her!
OK, actually, she told me that they all three got a big laugh out of it.
Not only am I lucky to have two great kids, I have an amazing wife who knows how to talk to our kids about sensitive topics without turning them in to embarrassing situations. Be setting a light-hearted tone she opens the door for the kids to ask questions in a non-threatening environment.