It was one day from my beach vantage point that I began contemplating how each of my kids will be entering into a new season this fall…
…simply because they are one year older.
I am keenly aware that back to school time is almost here.
In one sense that is exciting, but I must admit I have loved the opportunity for more relaxed days that allowed me to breathe easier and look at life from some new perspectives.
It was in this pondering posture that I asked myself a question:
"Lisa, what intentional conversations do you need to have with each of your kids as we turn into the new season?"
Many thoughts hit my mind, but five common themes rose to the top of my list.
Please note that as I share these topics you might be tempted to say to yourself, "Lisa, I have already had that talk."
Over the years I have learned an important truth: We parents think we "covered it" but our kids often say they don't remember!
I used to think that was because of selective amnesia. But actually I think it is more because of the phenomenon of growth. They hear a topic at one age....but they need it updated at the next age!
Here is my first of 5 today. As you ponder how to address this issue with each of your kids, I will share with you some thoughts and tools.
And then would you do me a favor? Would you comment back to us about how your conversation went? We can all grow when we share our collective experiences!
Conversation #1: Pornography
Here are some facts about porn:
*The average age of first exposure is 9 or 11, depending on which study you cite.
*Pornographic images in an adolescent brain are considered more addictive than many drugs.
*Nearly 9 out of 10 college age men and one third of college age women report using pornography.
I am not an expert on this topic. So I am going to lean on some friends of mine who have taught me a lot.
Here are your tools:
Caution: don’t think you can ignore this topic. You may think you can insulate your child from porn. I have spoken with many Christian parents who were shocked to find their child was deeply mired in porn use. Even highly alert parents have wept telling how they intended to shield their children from this.
I challenge you to have another talk with your kids about porn now.
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