ChurchRelevance.com posted some pretty sobering thoughts about what the generation that is born 2001-2021 will be like. The prominent thought in the post is that because of the explicit nature of popular song lyrics, the next generation of kids will more likely to have looser views on sex and sexuality. The post points to the list of 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice music nominees as an indicator of the type of music that is listened to now by kids.
When I read stuff like this or talk with people about it, I am very cautious. I think the knee-jerk reaction is to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction of those cultural things we are trying to counteract rather than engaging culture, redeeming what we can and leaning on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to deal with what we can’t redeem.
In dealing with issues of sexuality with children, I think we need to equip and empower parents to cultivate a healthy view of sexuality with their children. It needs to encompass more than a simple “talk.” Healthy, Godly views of sexuality need to be developed over time. Parents need to be aware of teachable moments within the context of everyday life when they build on a child developing a healthy sense of sexuality. Parents also need to model a healthy view of sexuality themselves that is not connected to shame.
I stumbled across a series of books that I think would be helpful for parents as they rear their children in a sexually charged culture. There are different books based on developmental levels. They are meant for parent and child to read together. The books are part of the God’s Design for Sex series.
- The Story of Me
- Before I Was Born
- What’s the Big Deal?: Why God Cares About Sex
- Facing the Facts: The Truth About Sex And You
What are your thoughts on this blog post? What are you doing with your kids to deal with early exposure to sexual themes?