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Former ‘Bachelor’ Contestant: Mom Prepped Me Against Porn

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Fight the New Drug has published an interview with former “Bachelor” contestant Brooks Forester. What we loved about the interview (click here to read it) is that he described how his mother prepared him to turn away from pornography.

 

As a twelve year old, Brooks had a beloved treehouse. Equipped with electricity, carpet, and even old couches, this treehouse was his refuge. One day, though, he found a pile of pornographic magazines shoved under the carpet.

 

“As soon as my eyes meet the cover, I knew exactly what it was. My mom had told us about ‘smut magazines’ before and told us not to look at them. I sat there debating on what to do. I remember totally weighing out my options, going back and forth on what I should do.

On one side, I thought,’My mom told me it’s like drugs and drugs are dangerous.’ Then the other side retorted,’Ya but come on, man, how bad can it really be? Plus…(the wrong choice always seems to have a plus thrown in), this might be the only chance we get and aren’t you curious about what a naked women looks like?’ My 12-year-old self was in a serious conundrum.”

 

Twelve year old Brooks decided to burn the magazines… after taking just one look. But, even after one look, he found it hard to resist the magazines’ pull. He burned all the magazines but one, which he buried  in the backyard, just in case he wanted to look at it again. His mom saved him again, though, and leveled the backyard with a tractor the very next day, unknowingly destroying the marker.

 

Parents, here’s the takeaway:

 

1) Teach your kids in plain terms what pornography is and what it looks like. Make sure they will know it when they see it.

 

2) Teach your kids that pornography is addictive and dangerous. Viewing pornography may be against your religious or moral beliefs. That’s great! But, your kids need to know WHY pornography is inappropriate and harmful.

 

3) Follow your instincts. If you have a gut feeling that you need to check the browser history or institute a “no devices in bedrooms” rule, do it. Your support can bolster your children as they develop their values and improve their self control.

 

Mom and Dad, you can and do make a difference in your children’s fight against pornography. Talk to your children about pornography, and be an active part of your children’s internet lives.

 

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01 Dec, 15

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