There does not seem to be a general discussion slot, so I'm starting this here!http://www.salon.com/2011/10/30/solving_americas_teen_sex_problem/singleton/
When 16-year-old Natalie first started dating her boyfriend, her mother did something that would mortify most American parents: She took her to the doctor’s office to get her contraceptives. Her mother wasn’t weirded out by the fact that her teen daughter was about to have sex — in fact, she fully supported it. She merely wanted to make sure that she was doing it safely, and responsibly. A couple of months later, when it finally happened, her parents were totally accepting. As her father put it, “sixteen is a beautiful age” to lose your virginity.
If that seems like an unfamiliar attitude toward sex and parenting, it might have something to do with the fact that Natalie’s parents aren’t American — they’re Dutch.
How many here have their parents acting like that?
Many op's here have some comment about issues with fathers. Is this because people here are a self selecting group who are troublemakers or is there a general issue that Islam does not actually help parents be parents, but instead gets people doing meaningless diversionary activities?
I was at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament a few years ago on fgm. An older woman stood up and praised fgm.
Are Islam and parenting oxymorons?