12 Principles of Sex Education

The objectives of this website and of our books revolve around giving you, the parent, the tools you need to instill in your child a distinctively Christian sexual character. We hope, in this way, that you will be able to equip your children to make godly and wise decisions about their sexuality in their teenage years. We also hope, just as importantly, that you will lay the foundations for them to experience the blessings of God’s gift of sexuality as a mature and responsible adult, whether married or single.

The big picture is of parents and children in an ever expanding and deepening conversation about our sexuality. This conversation helps to draw you together, and helps to deepen your child’s faith in the goodness and love of God.

The principles you will find on the pop-up links on which our approach is based are:

Principle 1: Sex education is the shaping of character.

Principle 2: Parents are the principle sex educators.

Principle 3: First messages are the most potent.

Principle 4: Seize those “teachable moments;” become an “askable” parent.

Principle 5: Stories are powerful teaching tools.

Principle 6: Accurate and explicit messages are best.

Principle 7: Positive messages are powerful.

Principle 8: “Inoculate” your children against negative beliefs.

Principle 9: Repetition is critical; repetition is really, really important.

Principle 10: Close, positive parent-child relationships are crucial.

Principle 11: Sexuality is not everything; keep your perspective.

Principle 12: Our God can forgive, heal, and redeem anything.

All of the material related to the 12 Principles is taken from How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character by Stan and Brenna Jones. Copyright © 1993, 2007 by Stan and Brenna Jones. Used by permission of NavPress, Colorado Springs, CO. www.navpress.com.