That’s why it’s so important for our teens to wait to date.

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Also, parents need to evaluate the vitality of the Christian walk of the person who may date one of their children.

Specifically, is this young man or young woman a Christian?

Whom they should date As a starting point, we believe our teens should develop friendships with and eventually date only other Christians (2 Corinthians -16).

Why go out with someone who does not have your values?

He smiled as he thought about all those after-school trips over the last few years: dance classes, piano practices, the unending cycle of softball games and tournaments.

He glanced at her in the seat next to him and thought, .They need to be very choosy about whom they spend time with in light of that definition.Help them write down the qualities they want to look for in the person they marry. That list then becomes the criteria by which all potential dates are measured.Usually Bill and his daughter made small talk on their brief ride home. Bill was concerned about the growing emotional distance between them. for now.” A tense silence filled the car as it eased forward and stopped in the driveway.* Bill is definitely a courageous dad, pressing into a relational hot spot where most parents fear to tread.Sure, he knew this gap was normal for teenagers and their parents. “Okay,” he replied, “I’ll take that for an answer . Although it’s uncomfortable, he’s definitely on the right track.It’s not that our teens were not interested in dates beyond a friendship, but we had talked through the few pros and the many cons of exclusive dating enough that they felt changing the relationship from friendship to romance might ruin the friendship.