I often hear from friends about the struggles they face when discussing sexuality with their children. Mine are still young, but here’s what I’m thinking. Why not use the stories of the virgin martyrs as a foundation to build a culture of chastity in our home, and better yet, ask for their intercession? Seems it could become a rather safe entry point to talk about the virtues of sexual purity … over time, then, maybe this stuff organically becomes part of our family’s vocabulary. Really, what other faith tradition gives you all this stuff? Why not take advantage of it? It seems a better alternative than having “the” conversation with my kids once they hit puberty when the culture’s already been having it with them since they’ve been potty trained.
How can we plant the seeds of modesty in our children? It has been said that the best time to plant a tree is twenty-five years ago. The next best time is today. It is best if you’ve already planted the modesty seed with your children and are nurturing it along. If you haven’t, the next best time is today.