A Wild Heart: Family Resources
Dear Mom and Dad,
Like we promised, here are the resources we’re recommending during this series. Included are resources for addressing the basics of human anatomy, “the talk,” sexual abuse awareness, and guides for a variety of ages into the teen years. We’ll have copies of some of these at the check-in desk when you drop your kids off so you can see them first hand.
Two thoughts for those of you on the struggle bus with these topics:
• It’s never too late and there is always enough grace. Don’t let feelings of, “Yikes, we missed that window,” or feelings of shame from your own experience determine your posture in these conversations. You can start now and can start by praying for the wisdom of God. He perfectly parents us and loves giving us wisdom for these conversations.
• Home is best. One of our resources (listed below) says, “We believe the best place for a child to learn about sexuality is at home with those who care most about him. In the school of sex education, the faculty should be you.” *(page 43). A poor conversation with a parent who loves their child is better than an “expert” conversation from someone who isn’t loving your child every day. Please don’t hand over responsibility for these conversations to teachers, social media, or your child’s peers.
• God Made All of Me by Justin Holcomb and Lindsay Holcomb
• The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality, by Luke Gilkerson
• *The Focus on the Family Guide to Talking with Your Kids about Sex, The Physicians Resource Council
• The Story of Me by Stan and Brenna Jones (ages 3-5)
• Before I was Born by Carolyn Nystrom (ages 5-8)
• What’s the Big Deal? by Stan and Brenna Jones (ages 8-11)
• Facing the Facts by Stan and Brenna Jones (ages 11-14)
• How to Talk to Your Children about Sex, roundtable video from The Gospel Coalition
Note: There is no such thing as the “perfect” resource for these topics. We aren’t saying that because a book talks about “courting” that we are recommending courting. Please read with discernment and send us your questions! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to send those in.
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