This information is gathered from the many listeners who e-mailed after the show. My heart went out to my last caller who truly wanted guidelines for his 13 year old. Here are some of the suggestions for information. As I mentioned on the show the book by Meg Meeker, Strong Father’s Strong Daughters is an excellent book. A listener Tammy recommended the CD series To Have And To Hold by Richard Wheeler. Many listeners recommended the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Josh Harris as well as various publications by Doug Phillips.
Putting much thought into how you want your child to value themselves and KNOWING they are too young to do many of the things that society is promoting them to do, I think is key. Making some of the decisions for them until they are old enough to act responsibly for themselves is important. Protect your children from bad things that can happen when there is no supervision. There is NO downside to this! Don’t think that responding to that “little voice inside” telling you to parent is just not with the times. Your parenting voice should be listened to and acted on.
Many of the books come from a religious perspective. If you are not religious read them anyway you might get some good ideas; things you hadn’t thought of.
Most importantly pray with and for your children. Ask God to be with them and help them to make good choices on their life’s journey.