Before you could instantly fact-check any claim, you generally trusted the advice from your elders. Although some of this advice was rooted in fact, many of the stories your parents shared turned out to be untrue old wives' tales. Now that you have children of your own, you want to make sure what you teach can't be debunked in 25 keystrokes, especially when the lesson comes to sex. But, are all of the tales your parents told you about doing the deed false? Surprisingly, there still are a few sage pieces of sex advice that may sound like some of Grandma's old wives' tales, but are actually true, and should be passed down to the next generation.
Old wives' tales help to explain what was once inexplicable, and often included superstition or lore meant to scare children into complying with their parents' wishes. Children would think twice before whistling after midnight, lest they get kidnapped by ghost, when in reality their parents simply wanted them to stay quiet and fall asleep. Old wives tales about sex tend to have the same fear factor – teach your child about sex, but scare them away from doing it too soon.
Here are some old wives' tales you can share with your kids during the big S-E-X talk, because they actually turned out to be true.