Resources for teaching manners, values and sex education.

Teaching our children Godly morals and values is of great concern and an ongoing challenge in a world that bombards us with secular, negative images and ideas.  The learning commons has acquired some resources which will help parents talk to their children about manners, values and sex from a Christian perspective. These can be used to cover the learning outcomes for Personal Planning.

We have a series of books which are small and compact, only 96 pages, but contain a wealth of information:

I Want to Teach My Child About Values

I Want to Teach My Child About Media

I Want to Teach My Child About Fitness

I Want to Teach My Child About Manners

I Want to Teach My Child About Sex

Another excellent series is God’s Design for Sex:

The Story of Me – Book 1 – ages 3-5

With candid, age-appropriate language and realistic illustrations it explains, from a Christian perspective, Why god wants each baby to have both a mommy and daddy; pregnancy as God’s way to care for a baby until birth; the specialness of being made a boy or a girl, proper names for private body parts

Before I Was Born – Book 2 – ages 5 to 8

Explains, from a Christian perspective, the fundamentals of human sexuality emphasizing that sex is part of God’s gift of marriage and family.

What’s the Big Deal – Book 3 – age 8 to 11

Written to help kids ages 8 to 11 find the answers they need about sex and related issues: Why God made adults so that they want to have sex; Why God designed sex to be shared only within marriage; What God actually says in the Bible about sex; puberty, pressure from friends, movies and magazines.

Facing the Facts – Book 4 – ages 11 – 14

Written to kids to give them all of the information they need to understand exactly what’s happening to their bodies and why God planned it that way. Includes the role of puberty in the development of sexuality; How girls’ and boys’ bodies change; how a woman gets pregnant and gives birth; why God wants you to save sex for marriage; love, dating and how relationships mature; tough answers to some tough problems

A sample of other titles:

How & when to tell your kids about sex; shaping your child’s sexual character

Stan and Brenna Jones help parents establish a biblical view of sexuality in their homes. Building on a biblical foundation, they discuss how to talk with your children about sexual issues and when it’s appropriate to tell them what. With stark honesty and practical suggestions, they address

  • Building a Christian understanding of sex and sexuality
  • Developing a healthy dialogue with children about sexuality
  • How and when to explain sexual intercourse
  • Preparing for the physical changes of puberty
  • Preparing for dating: dealing with romance and sexual attraction
  • Encouraging a commitment to chastity
  • What to do if you’re getting a late start telling your kids about sex

The Squire and the Scroll – Battle Plans for Pure Heart is the companion book to the storybook by Jennie Bishop.  

This devotional for boys and parents or mentors will keep you and your “knight-in-training” on a path of learning and discussion as he grows and becomes a young man.  Includes a Squire Ceremony Guide.

The Princess and the Kiss – Planting Seeds of Purity in Young Hearts

This companion book keeps you and your daughter on a path of learning and discussion as she continues to mature and grow.  Includes Princess Ceremony Guide.

For teenagers we have a number of books on dating, self-esteem and friendships.

A couple of titles of note:

Raising maidens of virtue; a study of feminine loveliness for mothers and daughters

What is true feminine beauty? How can a young woman in today’s world glorify God through her pure, chaste and lovely behavior, without appearing “holier than thou”? Speaking from the depths of a mother’s heart, author Stacy McDonald addresses these and other questions in her book, Raising Maidens of Virtue: A Study in Feminine Loveliness for Mothers and Daughters.

Sex has a price tag : discussions about sexuality, spirituality, and self-respect

Provides medical facts and statistics about the consequences of sexual activity outside of marriage, biblical teachings about sexual behavior, and practical techniques for practicing abstinence.

Every Young Man’s Battle

In this world you’re surrounded by sexual images that open the door to temptation. They’re everywhere–on TV, billboards, magazines, music, the internet–and so easy to access that it sometimes feels impossible to escape their clutches. Yet God expects his children to be sexually pure. So how can you survive the relentless battle against temptation? Here’s powerful ammunition.  The authors examine the standard of Ephesians 5:3–“there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality”–in a positive and sensitive light. And they explain how an authentic, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to victory over temptation. Every Young Man’s Battle will show you how to train your eyes and your mind, how to clean up your thought life, and how to develop a realistic battle plan for remaining pure in today’s sexually soaked culture. As a result, you’ll experience hope–real hope–for living a strong, pure life God’s way

These titles can be found by searching the terms: dating, sex, manners and social skills in the Search Portal and in the Topic List search under Sex Education, Dating; and Social Skills.