Helping the Kid Who Doesn’t Want Help

The Power Struggle

Nothing has caused me to feel more powerless than my little toddler. You’ve had those situations, right? Like the car seat. It’s time to buckle in and she planks. A full-grown man hunched over a tiny girl, with no chance of success. I’m a big bad wolf blowing at a two-year-old brick house. I tell her to stop (as if my desires weren’t already obvious).… Read More Read more

What 10 Parents Learned When Their Child Was Caught in the Porn Trap [Part 2]

In this 3-part series, follow along as 10 parents describe when they discovered their child looking at inappropriate things and their journey of helping a child overcome the addictive pull of pornography—and the advice they hope to pass along. Today, we’ll examine the difficult emotions that real parents of children caught in the porn trap go through. Plus, the joy and sweetness they experience when healing and recovery begins for all.… Read More Read more

What 10 Parents Learned When Their Child Was Caught in a Porn Trap [Part 1]

In this 3-part series, follow along as 10 parents describe their journey of helping a child overcome the addictive pull of pornography—and the advice they hope to pass along. You can read Part 2 of the series here. Over the past three months, I’ve listened to the profound stories shared by parents from homes across North America. They’ve told me about their amazing kids.… Read More Read more

Sexual Behavior in Children: What’s Normal? What’s Harmful?

This post was originally published on April 27, 2017 and updated on April 4, 2019. Playing “doctor” is a common sign of normal curiosity in children. Little girls and little boys want to see each other’s private parts. That’s pretty harmless when you’re dealing with 5-year-olds. But what happens when a 10-year-old boy cajoles a 7-year-old girl into a bathroom and wants to put their private parts together?… Read More Read more

Good Feelings Bad Feelings: Helping Kids Unravel Pornography’s Tricky Dual Emotions

I remember the first time I saw pornography. You probably do, too. I was nineteen, at a bachelorette party, and very confused by my emotions at the time. I felt caught between arousal and disgust as I watched the scenes unfold before me. How could something that initially sent a rush of good feelings leave me feeling so gross inside? These days, children a decade younger than I was have been exposed to content that may be even more shocking.… Read More Read more

Perfection Not Required! How Parents in Recovery Can Help Their Kids Reject Porn

Many parents today know what it’s like to be caught in the trap of pornography as a kid – and then struggle with it as an adult. These moms and dads can feel unqualified to teach their children to reject pornography. This is especially true when a parent has not completely won the battle yet. It can feel hypocritical to warn their children about the dangers when they are still learning or have not been free for long.… Read More Read more

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