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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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My Body is a Gift Discussions: Pages 18-19

Modest dress can be a heated topic among adults, and that is why it is addressed so carefully in this book.  Everything is left to parents to determine.  Parents decide their family values and implement them through the discussions that are introduced on these pages.

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Listen to me on BTR’s Podcast

I recorded a podcast with Anne Blythe from Betrayal Trauma Recovery.  We discussed teaching children about healthy sexuality and my book.  Listen to the podcast or read the transcript here.

For those of you dealing with Betrayal Trauma, her website has wonderful resources for hope and healing.

My Body is a Gift Discussions: Page 17

Just as the initial pages of this book about body appreciation and body care are the foundation for healthy sexuality, this page teaches the foundational principle around prevention of sexual coercion.

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My Body is a Gift Discussions: Page 16

Page 16 helps teach children at an early age about appropriate responses to peer pressure.

Has anyone ever said something, or showed something, to you that was not modest?  What happened?  Did you know what to do?

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