After writing my last post, I thought maybe I should take the time to share with you a couple of the other books that I have found REALLY useful in our goal of raising our God’s girls.
I’m often asked by moms of younger princesses.. How do I explain all the changes that happen to my daughters as they are growing up? How do I explain all the physical and emotional issues in a godly way?
My two favorite books that helped me with those touchy issues are from a beautiful homeschool family that has their own business. These books helped me talk to my girls in an open, but godly format that allowed them to see that ALL of what is happening and going to happen is God’s plan for them.
Book #1 From Girl To Woman
God’s Plan for the Marvelous Changes that Will Take Place!
For mothers & daughters to read together. Written after searching unsuccessfully for years for something similar. I wanted nothing like the secular books out there that just “laid out the facts” in all their starkness. After much prayer, the Lord gave
me this book, which explains puberty’s changes as part of His plan for females. No imagination-provoking illustrations or descriptions.
Book#4: Baby! God’s Gift for Married Couples
This book is appropriate for older children who have read book #1 or #2,
depending upon gender. Explains not only where babies come from (very dis-creetly, of course), but how they fit into God’s glorious plan. Teaches the sanctity of life, & the importance of MARRIAGE first, no matter what the world says.
Our first main BOOK that we read through about purity in relationships was The Princesses & the Kiss. This beautifully written book allows young girls to see that their FIRST KISS is a precious gift given to them from a loving Father.
Before You Meet Prince Charming was one of my most favorite books. My princesses really enjoyed curling up on the couch with me while we read through this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book for pre-teens and young teens first, before the Emotional Purity book.
I’ve listed these basically in the order of how we read them. Last year we also read I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. Again, another great book.
But if you feel that this is the direction you feel you want to go with in raising your boys and girls, my biggest recommendation would be to…
and talk with your children. Don’t just assume they’ll get it or hope someone else tells them. Use any and all opportunities to share your heart and God’s heart with them concerning this area.
Curl up on your couch and just talk. Give them room to ask questions and don’t judge them. Share with them your past mistakes – if any – and talk about things going on with their friends or even things they see on tv or movies.
I’ll leave you with this…
My youngest princess LOVES to watch Pride and Prejudice. I enjoy it too – the beautiful music, the way the lived, the beautiful dresses, and the cute boys. BUT – we don’t watch it non stop. We’ve talked about how it’s all so romantic but in reality life isn’t always like that. We have to guard our hearts even against things that seem ‘beautiful’ but can lead us into dreaming of romance instead of true love.
My running joke in our house is when I tell my princesses
” Your Mr. Darcy is NOT going to come waltzing up to you in the middle of a foggy field and sweep you off to happyville with beautiful music playing.”
My princesses know that their heart belongs to the one who created their hearts. Their Prince Charming is the Prince of Peace and the King of Kings.
May you be blessed as you seek God in the raising of your princes and princesses!