Long before we may realize it, our daughters are bombarded with messages about sex--from friends, advertisers, media icons, and more. All of this input, along with the whirlwind of emotions that accompany puberty, can leave them confused and filled with unasked questions about boys, dating, sex, and their own value. While you may believe that your preteen or early adolescent is too young for "the talk," now is the perfect time for creative conversations about sexuality. By introducing key principles and truths during these teachable years, you can lay a foundation that will help your daughter withstand the inevitable pressures young women face. And you'll create a lasting bond, establishing yourself as a trustworthy authority who is willing to help her address the sensitive issues in her life.
Shannon Ethridge is the best-selling author of Every Womans Battle and coauthor of Every Young Womans Battle, as well as a wife, mother, speaker, and lay counselor. Previously a youth pastor and abstinence educator, Shannon has a master's degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University, and she speaks regularly on the Teen Mania Ministries campus and in a variety of other church and college settings.