Teen Issues: Dating, Courtship … OR?

1 Apr 2013 Ruth L Snyder
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Our eldest daughter is 15. Recently our discussions with her have centred around dating. We’ve had some good talks, but we haven’t come to an agreement on when we will allow her to start dating.

Here are some questions we’ve been discussing:

  • What is your definition of dating?
  • What is the goal of dating?
  • How old do you want to be when you get married?
  • How long do you think it is reasonable to date before you get married?
  • What kind of man do you want to marry? (What qualities are you looking for in a husband?)
  • Does the guy you want to date have the ability and desire to provide for you and any children you may have in the future?

Here are some resources we’re exploring:

My husband and I chose not to date multiple people before we were married. We also chose to set our standards high – we did not kiss each other until our wedding day. We have no regrets. However, we realize there are other godly people who made other choices. We also know that we can encourage and teach our kids, but ultimately they will have to make their own choices and face their own consequences in life. We pray for wisdom in this and other parenting issues!

If you have suggestions, we’d enjoy hearing them.

One thought on “Teen Issues: Dating, Courtship … OR?

  1. Koala Bear Writer

    What a great discussion to have with your daughter! My parents never really talked about this with me… I explored it on my own. I really appreciated both of Joshua Harris’ books (check out Boy Meets Girl too) as well as Passion & Purity by Elizabeth Elliot and Eric and Leslie Ludy’s book (beautiful love story). My husband and I also only dated each other and waited to kiss until our wedding day. 🙂

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