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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
AGES THREE TO FIVE
The Story of Me: Babies, Bodies, and a Very Good God
Your most important task with your young child is to lay a spiritual foundation for their understanding of sexuality. God loves the human body (and
the whole human person), and the body is included in what God called
“very good” (Genesis 1:31). Children’s bodies, their existence as boys or
girls, and also their sexual organs are gifts from God.
Young children can begin to develop a wondrous appreciation for God’s
marvelous gift of sexuality by understanding some of the basics of fetal
development. In this book we discuss the growth of a child inside a mother’s
body and the birth process. With such instruction, young children begin to
develop a trust for God’s law and to see God as a lawgiver who has the best
interests of his people at heart. God is the giver of good gifts!
Finally, we want children to see families grounded on the lifelong marital union of one man and one woman as God’s intended framework for the
nurture and love of children. If you are reading the book as a single parent
or with an adopted child, you will have opportunity to talk about how
God sometimes creates and blesses alternative forms of families. We hope
that you will find The Story of Me a wonderful starting point for discussing
sexuality with your young child.
AGES FIVE TO EIGHT
Before I Was Born: God Knew My Name
by Carolyn Nystrom, with Stan and Brenna Jones
Before I Was Born emphasizes the creational goodness of our bodies, our
existence as men and women, and our sexual organs. This book introduces
new topics as well, including the growth and changes boys and girls experience as they become men and women.
It includes a tactful but direct explanation of sexual intercourse between
husbands and wives. God wants sexual intercourse limited to marriage,
because sexual intercourse brings husbands and wives close together in a
way that honors God and helps to build strong families.
Parents often ask, “Do my kids really need to know about sexual intercourse this early?” Remembering that you are the decision maker as to
whether you use this book with a very mature ­five-­year-­old or to a more
slowly maturing e­ ight-­year-­old, the answer is yes. We believe this is a strategic
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