Our hearts feel strongly about teaching our children how precious they are in the sight of God, and properly teaching them about their bodies. I so desire for my children to remain pure until they are married to their spouse. But, I am scared to death by the amount of information that kids hear in the world, what they read on billboards, and see on TV. It is quit frightening.
As much as I desire for my children to know this information, I know there is a time that they are "ready" for it emotionally and spiritually. And believe me, I don't want to rush the moment at all. For goodness sakes, Calleigh still believes in Santa Clause. Not many fourth graders still do. And yet, I know that her body is going to begin changing soon and I need to prepare myself for explaining to her why this is happening. Actually it already is, and it makes my want to cry. I am not ready for my baby to grow up. It really isn't that I don't want to "have the talk" with her, it's that I don't want to acknowledge that she is old enough to "have the talk" with. Ugh...how did time slip away so quickly?
In our effort to educate her before the world educates her, I want to do it gently. I don't want to embarrass her so that she won't want to "talk" with me as she becomes older. I want the timing to be pristine. I certainly don't want to rush it, or wait to long. So much to think about!!
I have purchased a few books, but either haven't started reading them yet, or they haven't come in. I know there will be so many varying ideas on what to teach them, when to teach them, and so forth. I truly don't know if I will get my answer, but I am certainly going to try.
With that being said, I would appreciate any input any of you have regarding this situation. Maybe you have already gone through this experience with your children or daughter and want to share your expertise. Maybe you have been reading about how to give "the talk" with your child and you want to share with me what you learned. Maybe you have just begun thinking about this as we have, and we can struggle through it together. Whatever the case may be...I am eager to hear from you.
Thank you for listening...be blessed!!!