We had a great discussion about how Christians should date last Saturday on Up For Debate.
However, one topic we didn’t get to discuss was how parents should navigate dating with their teenage children.
In this article I am going to call it “dating” and define it as “the process of finding a spouse.” I do not claim to be an expert: I realize that many varying opinions about dating float around Christian circles jumping over each other, getting mixed together, and consuming some people.
You wish it could happen soon but it completely freaks you out. Some people call this dating, other people call it courting — there are likely countless terms you could use for the process.
Our youth’s views on dating have just followed this same pathway.
Yet, as parents, we can help our children get back on a God-honoring path when it comes to dating.
For every parent out there, this should be a huge wake-up call. The concept of dating has drifted far from the ideals of God’s ways. For most Christian dads and moms out there, our dating experiences had little roots to any biblical truth. It is quite apparent that our American culture no longer looks to the Bible to establish its moral foundations.In your teen's world, getting "asked out" may mean cementing an exclusive relationship after weeks of "talking" online, texting, or Facebooking.Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.Thankfully, God is still stronger than the world, and He wants to protect your teen in the midst of temptation.Good news: Your teenager can maintain healthy, God-honoring relationships. You have the power to redefine dating for your teenager, using strategies that can help you and your teen to navigate relational waters.Married people have the best dating advice since they have already done it!