Today, the average age for a person to begin dating is 13. Research has shown that serious adolescent relationships before either partner is emotionally mature can have detrimental effects for identity formation and even life and health.
Adolescents who are dating because of peer pressure or a need to belong can experience significant disappointment.
There are simply too many dangers associated with this kind of activity.
Instead, they should be encouraged to participate in their parents.
Puberty, for the most part, is predictable and pretty easy to talk about. If so, will you set limits for him, or how will he determine how far he should go physically, and when? Does your son have a healthy respect for the opposite sex?
Sure, I shared some personal convictions about things I believe every family should have in place before their boys become teenagers, but overall, the first three posts in this series were objective and fit for all kinds of families. Have you talked to him about how to treat a woman, and about mutual consent? Does your son have personal convictions about drugs and alcohol?
Some parents may feel comfortable allowing a mature, responsible seventeen- or eighteen-year-old to go out on individual dates.
If a teen is dating another Christian, there is a greater likelihood that they will remain abstinent and supportive of one another.
By Julie Baumgardner A young mom was talking with her 8-year-old daughter about her day at school when the daughter revealed she had a boyfriend.
Mom, in her infinite wisdom said, “You are really too young to have a boyfriend.
Many parents set rules for their Christian teens about dating.
While setting rules is a good idea, it is important for parents to think through the rules that they do set.