How do we raise pure children in a sex-driven world? Is the answer to stop having children because the world is just getting worse? Stopping the good for the sake of the bad does not make the bad any better, but the good less.
How do we protect our children from sex in commercials, sex on billboards, sex in our schools and even sex in children’s clothing lines?
I don’t think God is surprised by anything. He gives us the wisdom and direction from His Word, and expects us to obey. We always benefit when we heed wise counsel, and listen. What are some things we can do as parents to raise God-fearing, pure children in a sex-driven world?
1) Don’t be afraid to say no.
No does not mean you love your kids less, it means that you want better for them. Then will understand later, and they will thank you.
2) Don’t be afraid to do things different.
Just because Susie’s parents buy her ipads, iphones and a television in her bedroom, does not mean you need to.
3) Have the hard talks.
When it is time, you be the one that talks to your children about their bodies being their own.
4) Limit screen time.
Limit what your children watch. Consider parental controls and monitor what they watch.
5) Just say no to sleep overs.
My parents hardly ever let us sleep over people’s houses. There’s nothing good that can ever happen after dark. Too much mischief. Too much temptation and exploration can occur.
6) Show affection to your children.
Love your children well. Show them that you truly care for them in the purest of ways. If they don’t receive affection from you, they might just look elsewhere.
7) Give them parents who are head over heels for each other.
Love your spouse well. Give them the security of a home where Mom and Dad kiss often, are playful, and are head over heels for each other.
8) Be an engaged parent when it comes to school.
Home schooling is a great option, but if it’s not a fit for your family (like ours) be an engaged parent. Watch and listen and pay attention to what the school system is teaching your child. If you don’t like what you see, make the necessary changes.
9) Teach them about modesty from a young age.
Sunday mornings are a great teaching moment. If your daughter comes out with a low cut shirt or shorty-short-shorts… allow this to be at time to teach her about modesty and how to respect our bodies.
10) Memorize scripture together as a family.
Hiding God’s word in our hearts is the number one protection again the enemy! Do it individually and practice it as a family! Some great scriptures about purity you might like to memorize in your family:
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