Generations of parents have cringed with anxiety thinking about the day that their kids reach the age where it is time to have “the talk.”

As kids transition from childhood into their teenage years, their bodies change, as do their natural desires and curiosities. Parents who choose to ignore it leave their children alone in the wilderness, uninformed and learning about the dangers they face on their own.

And the dangers can be catastrophic.

But at Sun Valley Primary School, our Grade 7 learners are not only educated from an early age by their parents, but they are also guided through this “ change” in their lives through an educated, yet tactful discussion, lead by our Senior Staff members.

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The boys and girls were divided from the start, as Mr. Keller spoke to the boys and Ms. Viljoen entertained the girls o their journey.  Each group of learners had their own set of questions to be tackled and answered. Through many “ Oohs” and “Ahh’s”, occasional teenage outbursts, (as are to be expected) and some humorous connotations, both groups could freely share, express and ask questions, without feeling scrutinized or judged because of either misconceptions or a lack of knowledge of certain elements.

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The boys were  mature in their responses to Mr. Keller’s questions and they showed real wisdom
in their answering of posed responses from their peers.

It was evident that uninformed teens who couldn’t talk to their parents about this particular subject, had a mis-representation of the truth about this subject and they could possibly face a greater threat from certain potential consequences.

For today’s parents, ‘the talk’ involves much, much more. The age of the internet is upon us and we need to embrace the fact that our kids know a lot more than what we did at their age.

For modern parents, one thing is certain. If they wait to have the talk until their kids reach the age that they were when their own parents had the talk with them, it will likely be too late.


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