In the third episode of DriveTime Jason Soucinek and Walt Mueller look at how sexual integrity is possible in today’s world. Conversations surrounding sex need to be good, true, and most important, point back to Christ. Sometimes though it is easy to think sexual integrity is just not possible. Especially when we look at the world our youth are living in. Only 44 percent of girls and 47 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and 19 had sexual intercourse at least once from 2011 to 2013. That’s down from 51 percent of girls and 60 percent of boys in 1988. Less than half of U.S. teenagers ages 15 to 19 are having sex, a rate dramatically lower than it was a quarter-century ago. This is good news. Youth are having less sex today then they were several years ago. And it lets us know that sexual integrity is possible!
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Suggested Books for Ages 3-5
The Story of Me – By Brenna and Stan Jones, and Joel Spector
Authors share the wonderful story of God’s love and the marvelous body he has blessed us with. Using straight talk, age-appropriate language and realistic illustrations. It addresses God’s love and the goodness of all He has made, the nurturing family as God’s context for love, appropriate names for genitila, and the importance of a mother and father.
God Made All of Me – By Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others. God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.
Suggested Books for Ages 6-9
Before I Was Born – By Carolyn Nystrom
The authors use straight talk, age-appropriate language and informative illustrations to help children see sex as a special gift from a wonderful God to a husband and wife within the context of a marriage and family relationship. Topics covered include: why God made boys’ and girls’ bodies different, the basic facts about intercourse, presented in the context of marital love and intimacy, conception and fetal development, and childbirth and breastfeeding
Where Did I Come From? The Facts of Life without any Nonsense and with Illustrations – By Peter Mayle
Now in use for a second generation, this easy to read and very explicit book with its silly but tasteful cartoon images covers the basic facts from love-making, orgasm, conception and growth inside the womb, through to the actual birth day. Gives the names and shows the important parts of the body.
Amazing You! Getting Smart about your Private Parts – By Gail Saltz
“A first guide to body awareness for preschoolers.” Straight forward without giving more information that most preschoolers would ask for. Good information for parents included. The text includes, “Lots of people have their own special names for their private parts, but it’s a good idea to know what the real names are, too.”
Suggested Books for Ages 10-14
What’s the Big Deal? Why God Cares About Sex – By Brenna and Stan Jones
This book is designed for parents and children to read through and discuss together. Each chapter introduces an age-appropriate issue and provides “written conversations” between a child and a parent. It is recommended that the child read his or her part and the parent read his or her part. This method provides an excellent way for new and challenging issues to be raised and addressed with a child.
Facing the Facts: The Truth About Sex and You – By Brenna and Stan Jones
While this book is designed to be read by the child, it is highly important that each chapter/issue be followed with a personal discussion time with a parent. The book provides information to help children understand the changes they will be experiencing as they go through puberty. Issues such as puberty, pregnancy, and God’s design for sex, marriage, love, and dating are just some of the many things tackled.
What’s Happening to Me? A Guide to Puberty – By Peter Mayle
During the past 30 plus years, more than a million preadolescents and adolescents (and their parents) have benefited from the humor and honesty in this straightforward book. A few things are dated, e.g., the age of puberty has decreased, but reading it together continues to be a good way for parents to talk with children.
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