Few couples take advantage of premarital counseling, whether it is medical, religious, or social in origin. There is very little opportunity in our society to prepare us for marriage, sexual and reproductive function, and parenting. Sex education or “education for family living” is viewed suspiciously by school boards. Home economics classes rarely teach anything but the bare facts of living in a family, slighting or ignoring interpersonal communication, sexuality, decision making, and parenting. Churches generally have little practical input into the basis of living together for most couples, tending rather to enhance guilt than to educate about behavior. The besieged nuclear family is unable to provide its children with an adequate education for sexuality and marriage because of ignorance, hesitancy, embarrassment, lack of perception of need, and barriers to communication.
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