John Fort describes how changes in hormone levels, willpower supply, limbic system development, and pre-frontal cortex growth create a unique thinking pattern during adolescence. He then considers why God designed adolescents this way, what their strengths are and ways parents can compensate for accompanying weaknesses to adolescent decision making.
Appropriate conversations with our children about sex include more than telling them what not to do or look at. New Christian research sheds light on conversations parents may be missing with their children to help them avoid and resist the sexual pitfalls we see all around us. Even in a homeschool environment children must be prepared before they leave home to safely navigate a sex-obsessed culture. We have found these conversations to be most effective when we start with younger children.