Recently, I took my daughters on a girl’s weekend with my mom, sister and nieces.
It’s been years since we’ve done anything like this and it was so much fun! We laughed and ate too much. My oldest niece is about to leave for college and she is a wonderful example and friend to my 13 year old. (They were in charge of the luggage rack:)
My 6 year old’s best friend happens to be her cousin, so the little girls had a blast being together. I love the memories we created!
While we were away, my husband took our son on a Passport2Purity Weekend. I cannot recommend this resource enough! I took my daughter on a weekend getaway when she was 11 and it was life changing.
*Passport2Purity is a parent-driven time away together that focuses on talking to your kids about sex and purity. All the hard work is done for you. There are CDs to listen to, a journal to write in and object lessons in the kit. All you need to bring to the table is bravery. *Amazon affiliate link.
“This time together helps build heart-to-heart communication between you and your pre-teen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead.” The latest version has been updated to include teaching that is appropriate for kids being raised in our world of technology.” -Family Life.
Without a doubt, our generation of children deal with incredible sexual exposure, pressure and availability. We cannot simply ignore it and hope our children weather the storm alone. At the end of the weekend (filled with fun and learning), my son signed a purity commitment with his dad and my husband gave him a cool ring to wear to signify the covenant.
When I returned home, my son looked 2 years older.
So did my husband.
It’s not easy for parents to talk about sex, pornography, purity, lust, sexting, aggressive boys and girls, the list goes on, with our kids.
As a matter of fact, it’s one of the hardest things we’ve ever done.
But if we don’t talk to our children and keep the line of communication open, someone else will. We choose to explain God’s standard concerning sex as a preteen so everything they hear later on can be compared to it.
I asked my son what the best part of his weekend was, fully expecting him to say paintball.
He looked at me with wise eyes and said, “The best part of the weekend was discovering how much Dad loves me.”
I can’t think of a better answer.