I had breakfast today at Poor Richard’s Cafe with Dan Martin, Executive Director of the Dallas office of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families. I imagine our conversation was a bit different than the other conversations taking place. Between bites of pancakes and bacon, surrounded by the drivers of the 42 pick-up trucks in the parking lot, we made introductions and talked about the topic we both work to promote, God’s vision for sexuality.
As I learned more about the NCPCF, I was appreciative of the fact that they encourage parents to begin dialogue about sexuality while children are very young, age 3 or so. I share that perspective. If parents would begin conversations with their children at an early age and continue the conversations, the need for intervention during teen years would likely be much less.
A few months ago I was introduced to a new book by Jim Burns that provides a great tool to begin teaching children about sexuality. God Made Your Body is designed for children ages 3-5 and filled with appropriate, vivid pictures that bring the book to life.
In his “Special Note to Parents” at the front of the book, Jim shares the following: “At this age, it’s important to introduce children to the foundational theme that God created their body and it is special. You begin laying out for them a healthy view of their body and the very basics of sexuality. As you read this book to them, you will be establishing the trust that they can come to you when they are older to talk about these issues.”
Great encouragement! Give the gift that will last a lifetime. Start conversation about sexuality early with your children.