Should Parents Introduce "Bad" To Talk About "Good?"
There is a dilemma that all parents face when raising their children. Desiring to keep them as innocent as possible for as long as possible is what lurks behind this conundrum. And the decision made in each family is the right decision—even when the decisions differ from family to family and even from child to child.
The issue at hand?
Do we as parents talk about “bad things” in a way that allows us to introduce the “good things?” And if we do, how “bad” can “bad” be without being too “bad?” And, of course, every parent’s definition of “bad” is different.
How do we equip our children to live in the world—and be salt and light—without robbing them of their innocence?
Is this even possible? More importantly: Is it necessary?
Can you talk to your young daughter about chastity without telling her—in honest language—what she will encounter in the world of boys?
Can you speak to your young son about temptation and hormones—in a realistic way—without introducing characteristics that girls exhibit at some point in their development?
So what is a parent to do?