Okay, this is not an attack on Palin but since the issue has come up I would like to relate my own personal story and hope it is of help to others. Some of you have grown daughters and some have infant daughters, I have a fourteen year old and a twenty year old. The older one was and still is an amazing student and always at the top of her class, makes the dean's list every time. She never dated much while living at home and opted to push herself with school and grades. I didn't think that was a great idea since it didn't give her much experience with boys(men) as she headed for college. Six months into her first year she met a guy and fell in love (yeah, sure) I told her and her mother that I wanted her to start taking birth control, even though she assured me they had not had sex. She agreed and eventually they became intimate. When I met the young man, I had a chance to talk to him in private and he seemed nervous. I told him I had no problem with he and my daughter being lovers, I didn't expect them to get married and if things ended no harm done. I did say that if he passed a STD on to her I would find him and hurt him. I have no problem going to jail. They broke up a few months later and she was crushed. I told her love is complicated and he was there for an education not to meet his future wife. His family was Jewish and they did not accept him dating a Catholic girl anyway. They were kind of nasty in their approach, made it clear she was not liked. The point I'm trying to make is that once our children are out of our home and our sight we cannot protect them from harm and we cannot control their behavior. I choose to talk to my girls, let them know I'm supportive and concerned but that I'm not a door mat and will not raise a child because they are having unprotected sex. I don't care about Palin and her daughter's situation, but I know at seventeen a girl or boy deserve to finish their education and if they want go on to college. Having a baby at such a young age forces you to change plans and grow up real fast if you are going to rise to the challenge and reposibility of parenthood. I urge those of you with teens to have "The Talk", be clear and have your wife understand your concerns. We cannot ignore the fact that teens will have sex if the situation presents itself, but we can be prepared to reduce their risk of pregnancy and disease.
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