How many times have you heard someone say, “She’s such a flirt” or “He’s going to be a real ladies' man” about a baby?
Shows like promote lies, betrayal and pain — not the life-long commitment of marriage. The goal of is to reach the destination and stay in the running. One mom keeps a "no rated R movie" standard even if the rated R movie is borrowed from dad's. Show your teens you value faith through your lifestyle. I tell my son Justin to pray during his algebra tests.
With separated or divorced parents, know your boundaries and keep them, even when they differ from your ex's. John Townsend wrote in his book, , "Good parenting means letting your teen move away from you spiritually while at the same time keeping her pointed toward a connection with her Heavenly Father." My friend allowed her teen the freedom to volunteer as a cameraman for the church service instead of attending youth group, which he didn't enjoy.
It’s also important to teach them not to be aggressive or push anyone into doing anything before they’re ready—if someone feels uncomfortable or resistant, just stop.
Once your teen does start dating, talk with him or her regularly about what’s going on.
If you feel like trust was broken, a lock down may be necessary. Each week contestants never know what their challenge would be.
If the door has been wide open, it's okay to shut it, a little, a lot, or completely. Knowing this limitation eliminates verbal boxing matches. Unlike the singing talent show, we don't eliminate our sons or daughters. We remember their dreams, cheering their wins and comforting their losses. Each week one or more contestants are sent home until the last two compete in the finale.As parents, we all want our teens to have good early relationships, so we should discuss what constitutes a healthy relationship before they begin dating.We can help them to expect good communication, respect, trust, fairness, honesty and equality.” Apart from being age-inappropriate, comments like these give children ideas about dating and sexuality from a very young age.