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How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex
God is in control and that he is a loving and merciful Father. Our kids will
make ­mistakes—­maybe big ones. But God is in control, and he loves them
even more than we do!
The big picture of this book and the entire God’s Design for Sex series is of
parents and children in an e­ ver-­expanding and deepening conversation about
our sexuality. This conversation helps to draw you and your child together
and helps to deepen your child’s faith in the goodness and love of God.
Consider the principles again:

Principle 1: Sex education is the shaping of character.
Principle 2: Parents are the principal sex educators.
Principle 3: First messages are the most potent.
Principle 4: We should seize those “teachable moments” and become
“askable” parents.
Principle 5: Accurate and explicit messages are best.
Principle 6: Positive messages are powerful.
Principle 7: Stories are powerful teaching tools.
Principle 8: You can and must “inoculate” your children against
destructive beliefs.
Principle 9: Repetition is critical; repetition is really, really important.
Principle 10: Close, positive, and balanced ­parent-­child
relationships are crucial.
Principle 11: Sexuality is not everything; keep your perspective.
Principle 12: Our God can forgive, heal, and redeem anything.
The objectives of this book revolve around giving you, the parent, the
tools you need to instill in your children a distinctively Christian sexual
character. We hope, in this way, that you will be able to equip your children
to make godly and wise decisions about their sexuality in their teenage
years. We also hope, just as importantly, that you will lay the foundations
for them to experience the blessings of God’s gift of sexuality as a mature
and responsible adult, whether married or single.


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