My twelve-year-old daughter, Lindsay, and I just went away on a Passport2Purity weekend the beginning of July. Dennis and Barbara Rainey are the authors of this biblically-based program, and as the parents of six children themselves, they have experience! Passport2Purity is a helpful tool used by moms and daughters or dads and sons to share some of life’s important issues that adolescents face, including the sex talk. The overall emphasis is more on maintaining purity in every way, not just maintaining a virgin status. The program is very well done, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
You can use the program with multiple children and for boys and girls (you would just have to order another passport and child’s journal for an additional child). They recommend planning a weekend like this for your child between the ages 9 and 13, but highly recommend doing it before the teenage years.
P2P is a set of CD’s, parent book, passport (that you present to the child at the end), and a child’s journal. There are a total of 5 sessions you will listen to on the CD’s. The weekend schedule is laid out well, so you know what you are doing and when. Basically, Friday night contains 2 sessions (first one begins in the car as you drive to your destination), and the child uses his or her journal to fill in the blanks. Each session contains a special project which is fun, hands-on, and applies to the lesson. (This does require prep work on your part, so I recommend you review the parent book a minimum of 2 weeks prior. Also, both parents write a letter to the child and this requires prep work.)
On Saturday morning you will listen to Sessions 3 and 4, and session 3 contains the sex talk (I recommend you listen to Session 3 specifically before the weekend so you know what he’s going to say!). Then Saturday afternoon, you plan a fun activity to do. Lindsay and I had a pedicure and went shopping! Session 5 is done late Saturday afternoon and you present a gift you’ve bought (Bible, jewelry, etc.). I presented Lindsay with a sterling silver purity ring from her daddy and me. Afterwards, we went out to dinner to celebrate at a very nice restaurant (a restaurant without a play place!).
It was definitely a memorable weekend, and her tears near the end of the weekend showed me that this had made a profound impression upon her heart. I loved that special time with her, and I think she will always remember it. Pour lots of prayer into the weekend ahead of time that the Lord would prepare your heart and your child’s.