One of the greatest responsibilities of parents to their children is to teach them about God’s design for their bodies and why they should and how to protect their bodies. Conversely, one of the greatest failures of parents is when they do not teach their children God’s design for their bodies and that they should and how to protect it. Parents need to love their children enough to talk to them about their bodies and sex and how to protect themselves against others who might try to violate those things. Children need to be taught how to value themselves as made in God’s image. This includes the parts of their bodies that can be the most vulnerable – their private parts.
We live in a sex saturated world in which people do not respect their bodies. One cannot turn on the t.v., the internet, or walk around in a mall without being bombarded with implicit, and often times overt, messages of sexuality. The sexual revolution may be over as a movement but its effects linger on in every aspect of our culture. Sexual messages are no longer hiding in the shadows but are knocking on the door of our eyes every day. Parents have to be vigilant in protecting their children from what they see in the world and equip them to protect themselves when they are not around while playing with friends and family.
While there are many parents that want to talk to their younger children about their bodies, often times they feel ill prepared and do not know where to start. For many of them they might have never been prepared by their parents. They don’t want to do the same to their kids but they need the tools to take the first step with their kids.
The wait is over. Justin & Lindsey Holcomb, authors of the widely successful and helpful book Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault, have applied their vast knowledge and counseling experience to equipping parents to be able to effectively talk to their young children about their bodies. Their new book, God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, is a powerful and timely tool for parents as they help protect their children from sexual assault. Rid of My Disgrace was written to help victims of sexual assault heal from those experiences. God Made All of Me is written to help children protect themselves so they do not one day need a book like Rid of My Disgrace.
There are two main things that this book equips parents to teach their kids about. The first is that God made ALL of them and that ALL of them that God made is good. Too often, even with the best of intentions, when parents try to teach their kids about their bodies and sex, they make children feel dirty about their bodies (especially girls). But our bodies are not dirty – even our private parts. Kids need to know that God has a good created purpose for their private parts.
This leads to the second thing the Holcomb’s want to teach kids about their bodies, which is that since there is a good creative purpose for their private parts, they need to protect them from others. Some parts are for sharing, like a hand for a high five, but others are not. The best way to help kids protect themselves is to equip and empower them with age appropriate knowledge about their bodies. The authors rightly push for patents to use anatomically correct and specific language with young children about their private parts.
It might be uncomfortable at first, but use proper names for body parts. Children need to know the proper names for their genitals. This knowledge gives children correct language for understanding their bodies, for asking questions that need to be asked, and for telling about any behavior that could lead to sexual abuse. (29)
God Made All of Me is a book that ALL parents with young children need to have and use. This book will equip parents to equip their young children with valuable, and life saving knowledge, that they need to properly understand their bodies and how to protect them. At younger and younger ages, children are being exposed to porn and sexual abuse. Children need to know how to avoid these situations for themselves and others. This book will help parents have the hard conversations that need to be had in every family. Sex is a good gift from God. Children need a God-centered understanding of those parts of their bodies that need to be protected and hidden from others now, so they can properly share them with their spouse one day.
To learn more about this great resource check out the web site www.godmadeallofme.com.
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