I was reading an Amish fiction book. The author wrote her characters talking about "pregnancy." Maybe in some Orders but not across the board, I thought and emailed the author. She assured me she vetted some Amish and they spoke about such things. So I asked Josh, "When you were growing up, did you ever hear the word pregnancy?"
"No," he answered. "If we saw a woman with a big belly we tried to figure it out."
I asked our son-in-law Harvey and received the same answer. "You mean even if you had a married sister who was expecting, your parents didn't tell you she was going to have a baby?"
"No," said Harvey. "They didn't speak of such things."
So when one of my ex-Amish groups kicked around the following questions, I thought I'd post their answers for you to read. It's meant to neither criticize nor complement the Amish, just to give information. The questions: How much did your Amish parents tell you in the way of sex ed? At what age (if at all) did they talk with you?
Below, written in their own words, are answers from the ones who know best; the ones who grew up Amish.
Ada Nothing natta not a word. My daughter at age almost 15 knows everything I will not have a ignorant child in this matter.
Levi N Emma Nothing....By that I got the impression it's dirty and shameful....now step in marriage and try to see it Gods way!( damaging).
Norma It is for the fact that means he only has room for him and his man bag and no room for you he is a complete waste of time so don't go thinking again lol
Paul As a kid, I was taught nothing on the subject. The Amish contributed to my "education" only by teaching me to read. A neighbor had a loosly guarded collection of books and magazines (complete with pics) on the subject. The rest is history.
There ya have it dear readers. What's your reaction? Got comments? Leave 'em below. ~Brenda
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