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You caught your teen sexting -- now what?

Tracy Levinson

Barrett Johnson, President of  INFO for Families, wisely encourages parents to lovingly and gracefully respond to their child when they stumble in the area of their sexuality. He speaks to the hearts of young men on this topic in his new book, “The Young Man's Guide to Awesomeness.

Tracy addresses this topic in her book, "Unashamed - candid conversations about dating, love, nakedness & faith." She writes, "One reason this is so confusing is because until you are 25, your brain is not fully developed in the area of making decisions. This part of the brain is called the prefrontal cortex. At the age of 18, you might not think things through as you would at the age of 25. Because your brain is still developing, you might be more tempted to do something impulsive, like take a sexy or naked picture of yourself.

Impulsivity is the tendency to do something on a whim, with very little attention paid to possible consequences. In addition, experimenting with drugs and alcohol during this brain development stage can alter or delay how your brain ultimately functions. Pretty serious stuff. So, be smart girls. Give grace to yourself if you have foolishly taken naked or super sexy pictures of yourself and sent them to guys. Not your best moment, I have plenty of those. But for what it’s worth, trust your older friend here, and from now on don’t do it. Or if you already have, don’t do it again. Brain fully developed or not, if you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit. You have tremendous supernatural self-control over impulsive behavior. God doesn't wait until you’re 25 to give you everything you need to live in a healthy life. (Romans 8:11; 2 Peter 1:3)

After serving in the local church for 25 years, Barrett and his wife Jenifer launched INFO for Families. He has a Master’s of Christian Education degree from Southwestern Seminary — but he and his wife of 27 years have received their best education through the no-holds-barred nature of everyday family life.

 

To see more from Tracy, visit her channel on TheBlaze.

 

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