A Gathering Voices Post by TheThoughtfulChristian.com Team
Here are a few questions to use either in a group setting or individually after reading Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence by Kate Ott.
1. In the first chapter, Ott outlines the five common myths of talking with children and youth about sexuality. Did any of these myths operate in your growing up years, or now with the children in your life? What did your parents or guardians model for you in how they discussed (or did not discuss) sexuality?
2. The author says that helping elementary school children make decisions based on the values they learn from their faith will help equip them to make decisions about their lives, including when to have sex or deciding to have children. How have the values you learned from your faith shaped how you treat others, including romantic partners? How do you help the children in your life make connections between their faith and their behaviors and decisions?
3. Parents and other adults in community with young people, such as youth leaders, are important role models for teenagers. Who served as a role model for you in your teenage years? What did those role models teach you about faith and relationships with others/self/God?