Back when I had a baby and a toddler, I rarely thought about the future. I was too busy with the feedings, diaper changings, and temper tantrums to worry about the next stage. But toddlers become preschoolers. That little elementary schooler will transform in to a tween seemingly overnight. And then your preteen becomes a teen. There’s no stopping these changes, is there? The only thing you can do is prepare.
Family Life has created a complete guide to help you prepare for parenting older children by guiding you through the most important conversations you will have with your child, including how to protect adolescence.
The guide — Passport2Purity — is a roadmap that gives you the tools to plan a time where you can bond with your child over God’s plan for their purity. Talk about what is bothering them. Talk to your child about how you want them to act with their peers. Go over tricky situations with dating, intimacy, or sex. The creators of Passport2Purity — Dennis and Barbara Rainey — want to help you protect your preteen‘s innocence from a world where sexting, bullying, online stalking, and moral defiance are prevalent.
The Raineys suggest that Mom take her daughter away for a weekend and that Dad take his son. After the Passport2Purity weekend, Mom can talk to her son and Dad can have a conversation with his daughter about what they talked about. Passport2Purity is an important parenting resource.
Family Life’s Passport2Purity Getaway Kit includes:
- A set of 8 CDs covering topics including: Beginning the Journey (for parents only); Running with the Herd; Ready for an Upgrade for Girls and for Boys; Destination/Le Pure; Crossing the Date Line, and more.
- A guide for parents for structuring and planning the Passport2Purity weekend.
- A fill-in-the-blank Travel Journal that guides preteens through the P2P weekend.
The Passport2Purity Getaway Kit retails for $29.99 on the FamilyLife site. The Passport2Purity Project Kit is available for $17.99. The P2P Project Kit includes materials to use during your weekend with your tween, including a timer, latex balloons, glue, markers, jigsaw puzzles, play dough, construction paper, and more. In addition to the P2P materials, you can also purchase the following books:
- Aggressive Girls, Clueless Boys: 7 Conversations You Must Have — $7.99
- Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date: 30 Minute Man-to-Man — $7.99
- Parenting Today’s Adolescent — $10.99
I listened to the Parent Only CD from the Passport2Purity kit in preparation for writing this review. I found the first P2P CD to be easy to listen to. The voiceover was authoritative, but not preachy. The narrator led me through the Passport2Purity weekend and prepared me to guide my children. The music used to transition from topic to topic was calming, but reassuring at the same time. The pacing was good…just the right mix of useful information as well as Bible verses and anecdotes.
As I listened, I found myself picking up on phrases and statements that I will use as I start my dialog with my teens. As the Passport2Purity Tour Guide book states time spent with your child is an “invaluable” and “concentrated time of memories and conversations” that can last a lifetime. As you work through the P2P guide with your child, she will hear that you value her and your relationship with her enough to tell her truth.
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Two lucky readers of 5 Minutes for Mom will have a chance to experience the Passport2Purity Kit with their preteen. Family Life is offering two prizes with a retail value of over $50 to two readers:
- Passport2Purity Getaway Kits
- Aggressive Girls, Clueless Boys
- Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date
Disclosure: I was compensated to write this post. I was sent the Passport2Purity Getaway Kit, and two books. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.