This is a bit off topic for what this blog is used to, I know, but our society is in need of a "sexual healing." My husband and I, along with two other adults, are finishing up teaching a purity class to the teens at our church. I have been so impressed by our teens along the way, at how mature they have been and their responses. I have also been disgusted by the national statistics of teens and pre-teens involved in so many things that even adults aren't even mature enough to handle sometimes. Something needs to be done. Parents need to be talking to their kids and not just handing them an iPhone and a laptop and sending them on their merry way through the teenage years. That's why I'm so happy that people like Jeff Bethke and Mark Gungor are coming out with messages for teens and young adults, as well as their parents. This stuff can't be avoided in today's culture and society, so why not get some advice and encouragement from people who know what they're talking about? Why aren't more people talking about this stuff before their kids hear about it at school, instead of paying thousands of dollars on therapy (that rarely works, mind you) after they have gone down the wrong road or had emotional damage done?
Even if you're not the religious type, there are studies done and books written by non-religious groups that are beneficial to read if you're a parent, caregiver, mentor, or anything involving children. I'm not saying that you should go out and tell all the kids you know about the dangers of premarital sex, but it is important to be armed and ready with information and advice should a teen come and talk to you. Kids want to know this stuff and if their parents aren't telling them, they WILL get the information from someone else. It seems like we spend more time trying to "fix" problems than prepare for them. I'm not the mother of a teen or pre-teen, but those days are coming and the preparation starts now. Yes, even at 3 years old!
Okay, off of my soapbox now, but check out this awesome young man who is a good role model for teens and young adults, Jefferson Bethke. My favorite line – "So think twice before you eat what society feeds us."
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