Parents: Tell the Truth
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As a parent, you can make a huge difference in the life of your teen, especially with regard to abstinence. Pediatrician Meg Meeker talks about the alarming spread of STDs in America, and urges parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of premarital sex. Telling the truth could save their lives! Hear seven ways to protect your kids from this epidemic.
Pediatrician Meg Meeker talks about the alarming spread of STDs in America, and urges parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of premarital sex.
Parents: Tell the Truth
Bob: That fear causes us to want to come in and say: “You’ve got to hear me! You can never do this!” We freak out and our kids are kind of, “Mom and Dad are freaking out.” We have to be shrewder as we address this with our children.
Meg: Absolutely. We need to be wise. We need to have our eyes open, and we need to not parent out of fear. I feel so strongly about that. Kids can be abstinent. Teaching them abstinence does work. Kids love it when you raise the bar for them. You are the most influential person, as far as their sexual decision-making—Mom and Dad are it! It isn’t any of the stars out there—it’s Mom or Dad. You have to believe in your kids / you’ve got to advocate for them. You’ve got to move forward in a very positive, optimistic way—your kids will listen to you!
Dennis: You know, as you were talking, Meg, I just want to say, “Amen!” I really do because you are cheering on parents. That is what Bob and I want to do here, every day, on FamilyLife Today—is let parents know, “You can do it!”
Meg: Yes, absolutely!
Dennis: The Apostle Paul, in essence, said the same thing in Chapter 4 of First Thessalonians—he said: “Finally, then brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that you receive from us as to how you ought to live and to please God (just as you are doing) and that you do so more and more. For you know the instructions we gave you through our Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality.” He goes on to say you can control your passion. You don’t need to be like those who are outside the faith. You need to tap into the God who lives in you and live to His glory and to His honor.
I think young people today, even though they’ll push back—and you’ve said that, repeatedly, as we’ve talked to you, Meg—young people, if you allow them, will push parents out of their lives—
Meg: Oh, yes.
Dennis: —totally. So, we, as parents, can’t be afraid. We have to press on in, knowing the truth—that God gave us children because they need parents all the way to the finish line.
Meg: That’s right.
Dennis: We, as parents, need help; and we need hope—your book does a great job of doing that. I appreciate you being on the broadcast and sharing your heart, as a mom, first of all; and, secondly, as a pediatrician, who is deeply concerned about what is taking place among youth today. Thanks for joining us.
Meg: Thank you. It’s been a pure delight.
Bob: Well, I am hoping that, as we have talked today, there have been a lot of moms and dads, who have said: “You know what? We need to take this issue seriously.” Maybe you’ve never had a conversation like this with your sons or your daughters. Maybe you’ve tried to have a conversation with a son or a daughter, and they’ve just tuned you out.
Or maybe you’ve got kids in late elementary or middle school-aged kids. You just think, “Well, it seems like it’s too early to talk to them about this kind of thing”; but you know what? This is where sexual behavior is beginning with children today.
When you go to our website, FamilyLifeToday.com, you can get a copy of Dr. Meg Meeker’s book. It’s called Your Kids at Risk. Click in the upper left-hand corner of the home page when you get to FamilyLifeToday.com. You’ll see a link that says, “GO DEEPER.” That will take you right to where you can find out more about Dr. Meg’s book. You can order it from us at FamilyLifeToday.com; or, if it’s easier, call 1-800-FL-TODAY—1-800-358-6329. That is 1-800-“F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then, the word, “TODAY.” Ask about how you can order the book, Your Kids at Risk,when you get in touch with us.
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Now, tomorrow, we’re going to sit down with a couple who are in the early years of forming a step-family. You’ll meet Robbie and Sabrina McDonald tomorrow. Our friend, Ron Deal, is going to be here as well. We’re going to talk about some of the challenges that happen in those very first years as you try to blend a family. I hope you can tune in for that.
I want to thank our engineer today, Keith Lynch, along with our entire broadcast production team. On behalf of our host, Dennis Rainey, I’m Bob Lepine. We will see you back tomorrow for another edition of FamilyLife Today.
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