Age-Appropriate Equipping

At the heart of our purePARENTING message is the idea that parents need to equip–not just protect–their kids as they grow up in a sexualized culture.  Even before they leave the house to start life on their own, our kids are interacting with the culture outside of our presence–at school, on the bus, at practice, in friends’ homes, etc.  That’s when it becomes necessary that they have been equipped to understand God’s will for them (Ephesians 5:17), to understand the lies they are exposed to (2 Corinthians 2:11), and to think and act purely in a God-honoring way (Psalm 119:9).  They need to be established in a life of prayer, understanding, resolve, and engagement.

This equipping begins early (earlier than most parents realize), and should continue in age-appropriate ways.  We’ve produced a brief document to assist parents in cultivating purity of heart and mind in their kids, whether their child is just learning to walk, or ready to walk through a graduation ceremony.  These talking points and ideas will get you started in preparing your kids to pursue God’s purposes for their lives.

For more on equipping your kids to pursue holiness, purity, and sanctification as sexual beings bearing the image of God, check out Jim Burns’ book Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life, which offers more insight, talking points, strategies, and conversation starters for equipping your kids in today’s culture.

5 thoughts on “Age-Appropriate Equipping

  1. Reblogged this on Intentional Warriors and commented:
    These days we need to prepare our kids for the fact that they are growing up in a pornified world. Since we cannot prevent them from seeing pornography, we must equip them to resist its pull.

  2. James, thanks for spreading this message. You are right on about equipping our kids to resist the pull of pornography (and other sexual sins). The most effective way to do this is to teach them the Truth about God’s design and purposes for sex and encouraging them to pursue purity.

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