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Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life (Pure Foundations) Paperback – June 1, 2008
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From the Back Cover
It's not just the birds and the bees anymore.
You may have been eleven once, but you were never their age. Thanks to the Internet, graphic images in the media, and their "know-it-all" friends, kids today grow up earlier than ever. They have questions, and as a parent, your responsibility is to clear up the mixed messages and lead them to a healthy, value-centered view of sexuality. Sure, conversations with your kids about sex and their changing bodies can be uncomfortable--but they don't have to be. Jim Burns gives expert advice on how and when to talk with your children, and he provides answers to the most difficult questions your kids and teens might ask, like:
How far is too far?
If you do "everything but sex," are you still a virgin?
Is self-stimulation wrong?
I think I'm addicted to porn. What can I do to get help?
Is a boy/girl sleepover okay if there's a chaperone?
The world's culture may have cheapened sex, but God's view of sexuality is wonderfully made. Talking with your kids at a young age will help them make more godly decisions along the way, but they'll need conversation with you at every age. This is your opportunity to establish in them a lasting sexual integrity that will extend throughout their lives.
About the Author
Jim Burns founded the ministry of Home Word in 1985 with the goal of bringing help and hope to struggling families. As host of the national radio broadcast Home Word with Jim Burns, Jim's passion is to build God honoring families through communicating practical truths that will enable adults and young people alike to live out their Christian faith. In addition to the radio program, Jim speaks to thousands around the world each year through seminars and conferences. He is also senior director of the Home Word Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and an award winning author, whose books include Creating an Intimate Marriage, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality and Confident Parenting. He has been featured through numerous media outlets including C.N.N., A.B.C., Focus on the Family, and Library Journal. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in Southern California. Visit www.homeword.com.
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Here are some tweet-sized quotes from the book:
- We may have been teenagers once, but we were never "their age" because they experience so much so young.
- We can't expect the secular culture to present morals and healthy values to our kids. It's our job.
- No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to keep your kids in a bubble long enough to not be influenced or impacted by the culture's view of sex.
- God is not a killjoy when it comes to sexuality.
- Garbage in/Garbage out: If you make poor decisions about what enters your mind, then negative things will come out.
- Kids aren't looking for perfect parents. They are looking for people who are authentic with their life, faith, and even sexuality.
- You simply can't have a healthy sense of sexuality and be involved with porn, period.
- A parent's job is not to make their children happy, but rather help them become responsible adults.
I read this book from the perspective of a parent and a youth director and it challenged me in both areas. Sexuality is an incredibly important issue to address and this book does a tremendous job at presenting the model for addressing the issue, sharing how to speak about it, and giving practical ways to put it to use. Here we go!