From diapers to dating by debra haffner
This is a very tall order, and one that I’m not sure many people, including religious leaders, attain, especially that part about the ability to face catastrophe unperturbed.But it is a lovely goal if one thinks about equipping one’s child with that kind of peace, confidence, joy, and stability in approaching life.
In a beautiful passage in his 1979 book Faith, then, is a quality of human living.
That needs to be taught in seminaries -- and discussed in homes, schools, faith communities, businesses and the White House.
We need only to look to the priesthood to understand that "just say no" isn't enough. Haffner, the director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing, is the author of From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children.
The discussion with pre-teenagers and teens is more complex and difficult.
Teens coming to grips with their sexuality are confused that authority figures like priests and presidents and athletes and rock stars make such bad decisions about sex.