Lately I’ve been reading a lot of stories about controversial health books in public schools and increasingly younger children are exposed to concepts they aren’t ready to handle. It’s part of the overall sexualization of our society in general. So how do you teach your kids about peer pressure and dating and purity from a Christian perspective as more than just the base physical facts of life?
Passport2Purity Getaway Kit by Dennis and Barbara Rainey of FamilyLife Ministries is meant to introduce these concepts to your preteens in a sensitive and meaningful way.
The information is divided into 5 sessions covering the following topics:
- Session 1: Beginning the Journey – Challenges, Traps, and Choices
- Session 2: Running With The Herd – Friendships and Peer Pressure
- Session 3: Ready For An Upgrade? – Changes in Him, Changes in Her
- Session 4: Destination: Lé Pure – Setting Boundaries
- Session 5: Crossing The Date Line – Seeing Dating Differently
It’s designed to be done over a weekend getaway with your child, hence the name. You can listen to the beginning of the audio sessions together on the drive to your destination, then do the object lessons and finish the sessions once you get there. It creates a relaxed atmosphere and positive one-on-one time with your child so the dialogue can be open between you. If a weekend getaway isn’t possible right now (it wasn’t for us), just spending an hour or two a day over 5 days also works well. Having some special time together is really the important thing, however you make that work for you.
Parents should listen to the audios first and go through the Parent Guide beforehand in order to prepare the supplies needed for the object lessons (things like balloons, puzzles, small gifts, etc.). You can also gauge how to approach the sessions and decide if you need to edit or adjust any of them for your child. Passport2Purity really makes it easy to introduce these topics, in spite of the sensitive subject matter. It’s all handled with respect while allowing your child the chance to ask questions without feeling awkward.
Interwoven in the object lessons are chances to write down their thoughts, read a devotional, memorize Bibles verses, and listen to Seeds Worship music together (this helps with the Bible memorization part).
I wish I’d had this kit about two years ago. I’ve already had many of these discussions with Big Sis (13), but we still found value in the object lessons and journaling that we did together. I will definitely use this with her younger sisters when the time comes.
As the mom of three girls, I take these issues very seriously. I’ve written about these topics in my Discipling our Daughters series before, too. It’s not easy to raise children who can retain their innocence as long as possible in a culture that devalues women and modesty.
You can receive 25% off the getaway kit by using the promo code PASSPORT on their website. This promo code is good through 8/31/15.
Passport2Purity Getaway Kit Contents
- Tour Guide for the parent
- Travel Journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions
- 8 CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s
Connect with Passport2Purity
Official Website – http://www.familylife.com/passport2purity
Twitter: @FamilyLifeToday @DennisRainey @BarbaraRainey
Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking and moral defiance. Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules. The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.
FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead. Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity—and strengthen the bond between you.
Passport2Purity® is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen. It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment. If this isn’t possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.
About the Authors
Dennis and Barbara Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, an international ministry to families and marriages, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dennis hosts FamilyLife Today®, a nationally syndicated broadcast bringing help and hope to nearly 1000 communities in the U.S. They have six adult children and a growing group of happy grandchildren.
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