That's why she says she told her year-old son that if he wants to have sex , not only is she okay with it, but she'd prefer that he do it in the family home.
The Internet message boards are abuzz, telling the story of a small but growing number of parents who are allowing their teenagers to have sex at home. Heather Blackmore is aware of the chatter. An article she posted this month about a woman who allows her teenage son to have sex with his girlfriend in his bedroom set off a firestorm, with some accusing the mother of running a "cheap motel.
Why not make it so that it-- it's in a comfortable, safer environment,' as opposed to in a woods," she said. Some parents — like Chloe Foreht — say allowing teens to have sex at home ensures they have somewhere to run if anything goes wrong.
She allowed her year-old daughter to engage in a sexual relationship with her longtime boyfriend in the family home. And I was comfortable with that," Foreht said. She joined three other parents of teens to discuss the issue with "Good Morning America" contributor Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Ritchie Steinmann, the father of two teens, was against the idea. You know, you don't bring home a girl or a boy, you know, and close the door and run around in my home. You know, it's the decency and sanctity of what we call home," he said. And I think that, you know, my daughter … does have respect for our home. You know, it's -- there's a bigger chance, I think, of less safe sex, maybe more different partners.
You know, not understanding that it is something that is okay if you're doing it with somebody you really care about and you want to do it and, you know, you're not all drunk at a party. I don't think you're ready to be doing this here or anywhere, for that matter. Not like, 'Oh, if you do it you have to do there or there," Robert Jutkiewicz, 15, said. Jutkiewicz said he thought it would be "strange" to have parents there and the experience wouldn't be as special.
Tatiana Flowers, 19, said she would find it "awkward" to have sex in her home, even if her mother allowed it. The female teen panelists also said that having parents who said 'yes' to sex in the home would make it more difficult to say 'no' to eager boyfriends. Like, a lot of times if they're saying, 'Let's do it. You're like, 'No, I can't. My parents would kill me. Ned Hallowell, a child psychiatrist, said as long as the teens involved are of legal age, he finds nothing wrong with the idea of them having sex at home.
As for Skudlarek, she says she's given the matter a lot of thought and that she's made the right decision for her family. But at least he has that option.
He knows he can be here to have the sex, and be safer that way," she said.