The prospect of your teen starting to date is naturally unnerving. It's easy to fear your child getting hurt, getting in over their head, being manipulated or heartbroken , and especially, growing up and leaving the nest. But as uncomfortable or scary as it may feel to consider your child with a romantic life, remember that this is a normal, healthy, and necessary part of any young adult's emotional development. But what exactly does teen dating even look like these days?
Establishing Dating Guidelines for Your Teen
Common Dating Rules for Christian Teens
How old were you when you began dating? Maybe you postponed dating until your later teenage years or even college. But that's not the way things work anymore. Today, children are beginning to date at very young ages, but there are risks involved. If your tween wants to date, here's what you should know about dating and tween attitudes about relationships. What do tweens think about dating and growing up? Gone are the days when tween dating meant holding hands, giggling, and splitting ice cream sundaes at the local soda shop.
Christian Dating Rules that Work
Series: Question Box. The question is "What are the 'Christian rules' for dating? Whenever I get a question like that I'm not quite sure how I should respond. My experience is that for many of us, the most valuable advise deals with things not specific to the Bible: brush your teeth, dress nicely, be on time, don't talk the whole time, take her to a decent restaurant. However, I think the questioner has something else in mind.
Navigating the world of romantic relationships can be scary for both parents and teens alike. Not only is everyone trying to figure out the knew dynamic of raging hormones, but parents may questions the judgment and safety of their teen and the teenager resents any interference on part of the parents. This can lead to strained relationship in the family and, in some extreme cases, can push the young person to seek out unhealthy relationships. While some may want to start "dating" as early as 12, others may not even show interest until after high school. Embrace it, and use it to your advantage.