Healthy dating options for teens
Several issues arise when our teens begin dating and parents often ask for advice. Do they have a Christian mentor or other adult in their life with whom they will share their dating details?The following are some questions I have heard most often. While many factors must be taken into consideration, and each situation is different, accountability must be part of your decision. If not, accountability must be put into place before dating begins.Talk with them about the “fantasy” aspect of teen dating.Too many times teens grow disappointed because their date does not live up to the fantasy planted in their mind by the media.How do we help develop character in our teens and help them make good choices? What emanates from the heart is what we believe about God, ourselves and others.Teens find other teens attractive who feel good about themselves and we feel best about ourselves when we’re living true to our heart’s convictions.Two halves don’t make a whole; two WHOLE people make a WHOLE relationship.Remind your teen of their special qualities, and reinforce the importance of finding someone to date who appreciates those positive qualities.
As Tommy and I discussed his options, he agreed that an apology was in order and agreed to make better choices.
This can be extremely difficult because we want the best for our children and they are a reflection of us.
SEE ALSO: Sound the Alarm: Teens & Sex If you are unable to be your child’s accountability partner, allow youth directors, grandparents, pastors, teachers or other Godly adults you trust to speak into your child’s life.
If you would like to be your teen’s accountability partner, be sure that you are able to listen objectively.
Some things may be tough to hear and you must be able to listen without criticism or judgment.