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FranklyStein: A crazy hope for chaste and pure kids in today’s world

It seems like these days chastity and purity are something parents don’t consider for their kids.

I’d venture to guess that most parents don’t even entertain the idea that their kids might abstain from sex until marriage. I had a conversation with a mom a couple of years ago who told me outright that she didn’t want her daughter to be pure. I think it was a gut reaction.

Purity has a religious connotation and it sounds a little conservative, maybe even fundamentalist. I get it.

But if your daughter isn’t pure, what is she?

The other night, we went to a talk on chastity at our church. It was a requirement for my 13-year-old who is getting confirmed in the spring. The whole family went with the exception of my 8-year-old. No one was excited about it.

But from the moment the speaker began, we were captivated. He was a young guy (at least young by my standards). He was cool. He was funny. He made points that a whole church full of teenagers could relate to.

He made the girls believe that if a boy tells her he loves her but is looking for sex that he’s lying.

He made the boys think about who their future wives might be and he asked them if they wanted some lusty boy taking advantage of her.

He totally convinced my older daughter that she wanted to save herself for marriage.

He was amazing. I wish I had heard him speak when I was 13.

I hope my daughter hears him again when she’s 14, 15, 16, 18, 22. I know that his words will fade in her mind and that other voices — those of cute boys down the road — will be louder. But I hope she remembers.

Because I want my daughter—and my other kids, too—to be chaste and pure. I know it’s a way-out-there hope in today’s society. And I know that the odds are against us.

But if they succeed, they have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.


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