As a parent, you know you should talk to your child about certain topics, but you may not know where to start—or when.
Issues like their changing bodies, cyber-bullying, and questions about faith can feel overwhelming for any parent to navigate. While the conversation may involve moments of awkwardness, we want to help you do the hardest thing—start. Use the life maps and conversation guides below to figure out where to jump in to meet your child in the phase he or she is in.
Every phase is a timeframe in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinct opportunities to influence their future. During each phase, there are critical conversations each child needs to have: Technological Responsibility, Sexual Integrity, Faith, and Health. And there are other issues you MAY need to discuss, depending on your child: Anxiety, Bullying, and Crisis.
Remember, Conversation Guides are meant to be just that—a guide. You know your child better than anyone. Don’t be alarmed if your child doesn’t align perfectly with a phase description. Use the components to maximize these ongoing conversations with your kid and to better understand them in the phase they are in today.