Amy Barwise Saturday 23 January 2016 06.29 GMT
As a youth worker, Amy Barwise is used to dealing with pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, but after a week of revelations at home and work she decided safer was better than sorry
The doctor told me that teens are most likely to have sex after school before their parents get home from work. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
theguardian – An hour before the kids get home from school on Friday, I check the kitchen drawer where I’ve left about 400 condoms for the boys. It’s virtually empty. Clearly it’s been a busy week on the sexual front in my small house. Nothing to do with me and I’ve been in all week, so I know there’s been no action within these four walls.
I make a cup of tea and mull it over. It’s been a hectic week.
Last Friday, the landline rang. As it usually means it’s someone over 40 calling, nobody else answers, so I do. But it was my son Ben’s best mate; sunny, chatty Danny. He sounded like he was a million miles away. He asked if Ben was in and when I said yes, he explained he needed to talk to him and was coming straight over. And he was gone.
I told Ben, who looked shifty. Nothing unusual in that.
I guessed the call had something to do with last Saturday’s sleepover at another friend’s house. Danny had siphoned off the top inch of spirits from his parents’ collection and mixed them into such a lethal cocktail that he was hospitalised and his dad was called. Continue reading “Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons”