preparing your son and daughter

A few years ago, my husband, Paolo, went through the book “Preparing your Son for Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn with our then 13-year old Nathan. Nathan says that the book was helpful because it answered a lot of questions he had as he was going through puberty.

Now, it is my turn to read “Preparing your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle” by Shanon Ethridge with our 13-year old Janina.

“Recognizing how awkward it can be to confront the topic of sex, author Shannon Ethridge guides you and your daughter through enjoyable yet memorable discussions about sexuality, purity, and dating–leading to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for God’s standards. Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle provides creative tools that will give you the courage and confidence to talk openly and honestly with your daughter–and instill values that will lead her to a lifetime of sexual and emotional integrity.”

I am looking forward to read this book with my daughter and start conversations about sensitive issues in her life that she, or even I, might feel awkward talking about. Where else will she turn to for answers? I would rather that she gets the answers from me than from her friends or the internet.

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3 comments to preparing your son and daughter

  • Claire  says:

    oh wow! thanks for this ate jenn. Your blog is super helpful talaga. It’s a blessing Joaquin is more or less the same age as Ethan so I learn so much hehe :) thank you thank you :) super blog! :)

  • Jeune  says:

    Hi Ma’am! Speaking of preparing the children… may I ask for help because my husband and I will be leaving for abroad in a month to work, we will be leaving our children ( 2 and 3 y/o) with my parents, how do we prepare them? I am afraid that they might not recognize us when we get back and that leaving them would have a negative effect on them. How are we supposed to deal with it? Thank you very much!

    • Jenn Punzalan  says:

      Hi Jeune! I am not sure if there is an easy way out of your situation especially since your kids are very young. At that age, I don’t know how much they will understand when you explain that you are leaving them for an extended period to work. But you can still try anyway, so that when they are older, they will not think that you just left without explaining things to them.

      The good thing is technology makes it easy for you to stay in touch, and even allow your children to see you everyday. If you have FaceTime or Skype, you can video call your children as often as you want. I think this will greatly help them not to forget you.

      In terms of this having a negative effect on them, I should tell you that all our decisions will somehow have an effect on our children, some small, some big and some positive, some negative. You really have to think through as husband and wife want you want to achieve in and through your family and weigh your decisions accordingly.

      Lastly, I want to encourage you to continue to walk closely with God. It is only by the grace of God that we can build our families successfully! It is God who will direct your steps and give you wisdom as to how to help your children cope with this major transition in your life.

      If there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

      God bless you!

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