What if I have started sex ed too late?

There is no such thing as “too” late. Starting earlier is better, but any sex education that we give to our kids is a gift. If you’re starting late, at least you’re starting. Remember, God wants to start a good work in us and will keep at it until it’s done (Philippians 1:6). God is willing to do good work any time we are ready; it’s never too late.

If you are starting late, it is probably due in part to discomfort about this topic. We hope that this book will make you feel more comfortable. Sharing honestly with your children about sex may well be awkward or embarrassing for you, and perhaps you feel bad for the late start. Say that! You should not always try to look strong and perfect for your children.

You may also be thinking, But I’m not ready! Don’t worry; none of us are ever completely ready. Our discomfort can contribute to not feeling ready. A parent who goes ahead in the task of sex education despite discomfort is communicating to the child that you care so deeply that you are willing to endure embarrassment and discomfort for your child’s sake. This is a sacrifice of love that can bear fruit.

Some content taken from HOW AND WHEN TO TELL YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEX, by Stan and Brenna Jones. Copyright © 1993, 2007, 2019. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. To purchase books in the GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX book series, go to www.navpress.com.