I was going to write about 'Being a Republic' today, but...
Let's talk about something more intrinsic to the happiness and freedom of a human being- Love.
Specifically, how will we talk to our children about love, sex and relationships?
Sometimes I remark that 'hippies ruined everything', generally when referencing our hedonistic culture.
Now, I know, I know- that the hippie generation made much progress- important progress, like environmental legislation, civil rights for minorities and equality for woman. (Though, I reserve, there may be a distinction between people who were active in the movements, and who were free riders.)
The sexual revolution was a triumph over biology, letting women schedule or even refrain from having babies. Very important on so many levels.
Unfortunately, what was also lost were the protections to human relationships that societal structures like courting upheld.
I have two kids, a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. I will be teaching them abstinence and courting. Not The Duggers kind of courting, but a more modern kind... a simple, empowering guide.
Re-introducing a modern tradition of courting in society might result in stronger, longer friendships, a more civil society and an increase in lovers being matched more harmoniously.
So, what is this courting I am talking about?
1.) Flirt with a purpose.
Showing interest in someone is a very personal, intimate move. Flirting indicates a first move. Once it is made, there is expectation, anxiety and questioning. Flirting can go somewhere, or nowhere, but either way there will be an intimate process involved.
The human heart is not something to play games with. Showing interest carries a heavy responsibility
to be respectful and sensitive about the others integrity and emotions. In fact, showing respect and care should be a top quality of a mate.
2.) Test social compatibility
Once one is committed to moving into a more intimate world with another- it's time to test. Can the two
have fun and respect each others actions in social settings?
Specifically, I will be encouraging my kids to spend group time at places that encourage interaction and
3.) Test personal compatibility
If the two can get through a group setting with respect and admiration for the other person, the next step
is one on one time.
Again, I will recommend to my kids to have one on one time in a place that
encourages openness and personal interaction.
Step 3 is where the first kiss might take place.
If two can get through these first three stages- it's off to the races! Have fun any way that calls...except...
4.) Sensual contact
The more sensual contact a pair has, the more they are under the spell of powerful chemicals meant to bond a couple.
If step four comes before 1-3, a couple may find themselves battling the confusing 'feelings' of
attachment, while 'knowing' that something just isn't right.
Oh well! The drugs of sex- serotonin, oxytocin and amphetamines will take care of that little unhappiness. For how long? ?????
I have no problem talking to my kids about sex. I prefer them to be well informed, embarrassment be damned. It is the mystery of love, the fairy tale of love, the 'not knowing how to do it' that can be the dark space that our kids jump through when they finally make the decision to have sex. I want to illuminate that moment for them as much as I can, though there will always be a mystery.
So what of sensual contact? I don't believe my kids will refrain from sensuality, so I will offer them guidelines. Kissing is great! Kiss kiss kiss! Making out is fine too.
5.) Multiple partners
I don't want my kids getting stuck in the emotional trappings of some one's obsession. I want my kids to feel in control of their bodies, their emotions and their love lives.
If the guidelines are adhered to above, there will be nothing too engaging to prevent a little love adve;nture with many persons in the same time frame. There is no claim being made. There is no expectation of sex (which itself seems to lend itself as a contract of bondage).
Courting is the practice of setting boundaries for oneself and for others in reference to ones self.
A modern tradition of courting can be the foundation for a community of people who understand freedom through respect, love and individual liberty.
More fooling around, more partners (this I think will be a great motivator)
Self-respect, self-knowledge, practicing self-restraint
Engaging those we connect with the most in a respectful inquiry of deepening friendship- without the destructive process of emotionally and physically divorcing the person after casual sex.
Possibly better matched couples through a careful search among thousands of options.
When to have sex
I don't know! That's a personal decision. The guide above gives enough practice in self awareness, that if they are carried through, give me the confidence to allow my kids deal with that moment privately, themselves, as it should be.
Some advice from the oldest sex therapist. -"we need connection beyond sex."