I am pretty sure the puberty talk never happened in my house- I learned what I learned from magazines and health classes at school. My mom was amazing, she took up a lot of time giving me attention and love but that kind of stuff just never came up, not sure if it was too awkward for her or what. I managed, I did okay, getting it from school but ..man oh man..is it just me or have times changed this world into some unrecognizable place the last 30 years or so? Even if my kids did go to public school instead of homeschooling I would not want them to learn about puberty from virtual strangers. I want them to get the facts at home and feel comfortable asking questions things…no matter how awkward it may be for me. The other thing is that I want them to hear those things from a Biblical perspective. After all he is their creator, no one knows how their body works better than him, right?
While I can pull a verse or two from the Bible on many subjects I would not even know where to begin looking for Puberty. Luckily, Luke and Trisha Gilkerson from Intoxicated on Life ( one of my very favorite resources for all things family and homeschool!!!) Put it all together for us in part 2 of their 3 part series –Changes: 7 Biblical Lessons to Make Sense of Puberty.
Here are the 7 foundations they cover
- Lesson 1 Just Like Jesus- Growing in Wisdom and Stature
- Lesson 2 Puberty- Just one of Many Changes
- Lesson 3 Hormones-The Catalyst of Change
- Lesson 4 Girls and Boys- Changes We Can Both Expect
- Lesson 5 Girl Changes- Becoming a Woman
- Lesson 6 Boy Changes- Becoming a Man
- Lesson 7 Changes in Desire- The Goodness of Sexual Attraction
My kids are only 4 and 7 so we are just using the book to skim a few things right now and will dive into it deeper in the future. The beauty of this book is that you can read it first and cover the parts that you feel your child is ready for. Pray over each section before you sit down with your kids and let the Lord guide your words. The book does an amazing job of paralleling Jesus and Bible times with modern times to keep it very relevant but anchored in The Word.