Category: How Do I Talk? (Page 1 of 3)

Addressing Pornography

Note: This post contains religious content from The Church of Jesus Christ, to which I ascribe.  Take what you like and leave the rest.

I have been derelict in posting about the newer website put out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, entitled Addressing Pornography.  I had the opportunity to assist in writing content for parts of this site.  While you may not agree with every word posted, there are some wonderful resources here for parents seeking to protect their children, for those who struggle with porn use, and for betrayed spouses.  I highly recommend checking it out and exploring what content connects with you.

Raising Today’s Kids—Podcast Eposide

Brittany Homer over at raisingtodayskids.com interviewed me as part of her recent podcast episode on the most important things parents should know about pornography.  You can check it out with the link (for iTunes), listen on any other podcast app, or go to raisingtodayskids.com to listen on the website.

I will be recording a full episode with her next month about how parents can talk to their kids about sex.  So stay tuned…

UCAP 2019 Review

The annual Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference was wonderful!  I loved the opportunity to interact with wonderful parents looking for more resources to help their children have a strong and healthy sexual foundation.  I was also grateful that UCAP gave me 

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Children Are Like Onions

Whenever your children approach you, or when you ask them about things they have experienced, it’s always important to keep in mind that children are like onions.  When someone shares vulnerable information with another person, especially if they think highly of them, they are likely to share just a little at a time, layer by layer.

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The Number One Thing to Do

My number one takeaway for parents is always:

TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK

Talk to your kids about sex whenever and wherever you can.  You want to normalize the topic.  This does a few things,

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Inadvertent Exposure Part 2

Once you have discussed the stories from Inadevertent Exposure Part 1, you can talk with your children about what it means to “get out immediately.”  What would that look like in the various scenarios they may encounter?  Be sure to include

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Inadvertent Exposure Part 1

Note: Today’s post will include Judeo-Christian stories that help parents talk to their children about inadvertent exposure.  Take what you like and leave the rest.

Inadvertent exposure is an important discussion topic that helps children bust shame around coming into contact with pornography.  It helps open space for children to come and talk to their parents about exposure to pornography.

I love to use two examples in Judeo-Christian heritage in having this discussion.  The first is the story of

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My Body is a Gift Discussions: Pages 28-29

This page is a good place to emphasize your child’s connection to God and God’s love for them.  It also emphasizes their connection to truth, which connects them to God.  It helps them to see how truth brings happiness, peace, and God’s presence in their hearts.

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My Body is a Gift Discussions: Pages 24-27

These pages are a key part of this book.  All children are exposed to things.  Many children have things happen to them.  Most children don’t talk to their parents.  Why?  They feel fear, shame, and have no idea how the conversation is going to go.

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My Body is a Gift Discussions: Pages 20-23

The one area of sexual abuse that is not covered by this book is parent on child abuse.  While this could be considered a flaw, the purpose of this book is to develop a pattern of healthy conversations between parents and children around sexuality.

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