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Be On Constant Repeat


It feels like 90% of parenting is repeating myself.

Most of the time this frustrates me. My guess is that it is similar for you.

If I am being honest I often need to hear something more times than one to do it consistently, so I shouldn't expect my kid to be different.

And if I am honest, that is what most of parenting should be. One of my pastor friends once said that one of the most common phrases in the Old Testament is "remember". It wasn't because the Israelites were stupid, it is because they were human, just like we are, and just like our kids are.

The reality is that Satan knows this and uses it to his advantage to disciple our children in the world's way of sex and sexuality. It is estimated that we are exposed to 3,500 ads/day and of those ads about 1/3 contain sexual content. So, if I am doing my math correctly, that is about 1,000 ads/day that contain sexual content. That means our children are being bombarded with so many worldly messages about sex and Satan is constantly discipling our children. And he doesn't just stop with ads. He uses TV, even kid's shows has sexual content, he is using other technology, other kids, and so much more.

So, if we are to stand a chance at combating what Satan is doing, we need to constantly be giving our kids the better narrative of sex and sexuality. We need to be talking to our kids about the Biblical view of sex and sexuality CONSTANTLY. We will think that we are talking about it too much and yet it will barely be enough. In Deuteronomy 6 we are encouraged to repeat God's ways over and over and over and over and over to our children. At home, driving, at sporting events, in the night, in the morning. All of the time.

Let's be on constant repeat to our kids. Reminding them of the greatness of the way God has for us. Of the joy He created us to experience when we follow His way with sex and sexuality.

Yes it may be awkward and wearisome, but it will be worth it. Let's repeat ourselves. Let's repeat ourselves (did you see what I did there).

 

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Blog Goal:The Talk With Your Teen blog encourages and equips Christian parents to have consistent, open, and meaningful conversations with their teenagers about relational and sexual health.

 

About us: This blog is hosted by The Joshua Center from Positive Options. The Joshua Center exists to mobilize the body of Christ to embody the Gospel as we build a culture of life in West Michigan.

 

Parenting teens can be challenging. We offer Biblically based social and sexual health workshops that help ground teens in God's truth and authority as they navigate a hypersexual and rapidly evolving culture focused on individualism and self-gratification. Talk with your Teen articles expand and build on these trainings by encouraging and equipping Christian parents to have ongoing conversations with their teens regarding sensitive cultural issues. For more information about our workshops, for both teens and their parents, please email CommunityLife@lpcenters.com

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