Parents and youth workers can play an important role in equipping kids to navigate the dating years.Here are some things we can do: Far too many Christian adolescents don’t have a clue that there is a better way to relate to the opposite sex than what the world shows us. This means that we are called to treat the opposite sex with a special kind of respect because Christ lives within them.The apostle Paul summed up the Christian attitude when he said: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
If you are providing at least some time when kids can hang out and talk, that’s really all you need to do. Still, typically, there will be some students who are shy or haven’t yet developed the social skills necessary to initiate a conversation with a person of the opposite sex.
So, from time to time, consider including some structured time for kids of both sexes to talk in small groups or one-on-one.
Love, dating and relating to the opposite sex are important factors in living out the "Purity Code".
How kids relate to the opposite sex and how they eventually date will determine the success of their relationships and say a lot about their Christian commitment.
To me, maintaining a good relationship with my daughter is the most important thing to me, so we haven’t told her she can’t do things.
We just trust her, and we’re there for her, because as parents, that’s all you can do.Today: I’ve asked Barrett Johnson, the author of the amazing book The Talk(S) (about having continuing talks with your kids), to share about when you should allow your teen to date.Tuesday: Rather than talk myself about teens and dating (since I’ve done that already), I’ve asked my 16-year-old daughter to join us on the blog and guest post. It is possible to raise kids who won’t date too young.An inclusive date can be five girls and four guys who go to the mall together. Far too many students begin exclusive relationships too early.It’s three guys and two girls who meet at someone’s home for pizza and a DVD. I believe that most people who began dating at an early age would say they regret it.When kids exclusively date at an early age, they set themselves up for easily breaking the "Purity Code".