Having “the talk” can sometimes be an awkward experience for both parent and child. Even so, I didn’t want to wait until my children’s hormones kicked in, and I didn’t want to be caught off guard when they had questions, but most of all, I didn’t want them growing up with misconceptions concerning sex. I wanted my children to be informed about the facts of life, yet without being too sexually explicit in the process, because some of the facts weren’t good such as pornography, diseases, and predators, but these subjects needed to be addressed as well.
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As a result, I told them what I have written in Your Special Gift, by using the analogy of a gift, a lock, and a key to define commonly used sexual terms, and to caution them about possible consequences, and to warn them of potential predators. I also used Scripture as the basis of defining true love.
The simplicity of the gift analogy opens the door of communication between parent and child in an effective straightforward, and yet sensitive way, so that any question concerning sex can be answered by using this method.
Your Special Gift is well-suited for children in the 8-to-12 year-old range.