Having a pre-teen is not always easy. My eldest child being 12-years-old is somewhere between being like his younger siblings and becoming a man.
I am not saying this is a bad thing. It is just sometimes difficult to gauge what topics are appropriate discussion issues and what topics aren't.
Recently I was faced with the reality that my sixth grader will soon come to realize some of his peers do not view the subject of sex quite the way he does. I know of cases where girls his age have become pregnant. But the topic came to the forefront just a couple of weeks ago when the news broke that a 13-year-old boy from England became a father.
The news headlines went so far as to disclose this young boy and the mother of the baby recorded their activities.
My son generally doesn't watch the news with me. But, on the night the news broke he was watching and his response was that of disgust. He informed his father and me that he wants to enjoy his childhood as long as possible.
How heartwarming that was. I was tickled and of course could only tell him so in a calm manner because it would bother him if I shrieked for joy.
I soon realized this also meant my son doesn't realize reality dictates he will come in contact with peers who don't see life in the same way. Those peers may conduct themselves in a manner that is in line with his thinking, but a female classmate might just arrive at school with a burgeoning belly some day in the next couple of years.
This is not an easy discussion for me. I, too, want my young son to enjoy his childhood. Unfortunately there are many in society all too willing to grow up before their time.
To help my son along the path of discovering not everyone shares the same views and values, I recently discovered a plaque that reads, "Dare to be different! Be the YOU-nique person God created you to be."
My son is unique and I love him for it. Because I also realized I was unique as a young girl, I grabbed onto a scripture, my "life verse." Proverbs 3:5,6 reads, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight."
So, for the bumpy path that we call life, I turn to this scripture once again with the knowledge that I will get past the pre-teen discussions and my son will be provided the opportunity to enjoy his childhood as well.