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A N I M P O R TA N T W O R D TO PA R E N T S
confusing issues at a much earlier age than you expect. In such cases, you
can draw on our discussions in later books to inform your dialogue with
your child. For instance, we hold off on discussion of sexual orientation
until the book for ­eight-­to-­twelve-­year-­olds (What’s the Big Deal?), and
on discussion of gender identity and transgender issues until the book for
­twelve-­to-­sixteen-­year-­olds (Facing the Facts). But your child may need
more basic information much earlier, and in such cases, we urge you to
use or adapt material from this book and our books for older children to
meet your child’s needs.
Why start early? Because if you as the parent are not teaching your child
about sexuality, your child will learn distorted lessons about sexuality from
television, the Internet, and playground conversations. If you are silent on
sex while the rest of the world is abuzz about it, your child will learn that
you cannot help in this key area. If you teach godly, truthful, tactful, and
appropriate lessons about sexuality, your child will trust you more and see
you as a parent who tells the truth.
We’ll briefly unpack each of the books at more length to help you
discern which would be more helpful to you in your current parenting
season.
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