How to deal with early teen dating

08-Jun-2017 19:15

When teens begin romantic relationships it’s exciting, it’s consuming, it’s fun and it’s sometimes heartbreaking.

So be prepared to deal with a whole spectrum of emotions by letting your child know Chances are when your teen is in a relationship, it might feel like that’s all they can concentrate on or care about.

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.

The hard preparation will be worthy of a celebration. Don't: Put your teen's dates through the third degree. Don't: Call your teen three times during the date to check up. Don't: Grill your teen with a 1,000 questions about the evening. Do: Know exactly where your teen will be during the evening. Do: Host game nights, dinners, and after-church activities to get to know your teen's date. Don't: Force your teen to join a convent after a bad dating experience. When a teen starts to date, a parent's prayer life doubles.

As the first date approaches, discuss specific guidelines your family will honor. Do: Establish a general curfew for weekends and school nights. Don't: Insist that every date take place in your living room with you and your spouse. Dating is a completely new phase of life that must be learned. Trust God to protect your child and your influence in her life.

Do: Reserve the right to cancel any date if you perceive a threat to your teen's safety.

Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.Let’s face it - the most influential people in a teenager’s life are often the adults around them.The single most important thing you can do as a parent is to be a positive role model, by engaging in respectful relationships with the friends and family that you yourself care about. The boy came in and met your parents; he paid for dinner; and you were home by p.m.Now, think about your teenager - and forget everything you know about dating.

Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.

Let’s face it - the most influential people in a teenager’s life are often the adults around them.

The single most important thing you can do as a parent is to be a positive role model, by engaging in respectful relationships with the friends and family that you yourself care about.

The boy came in and met your parents; he paid for dinner; and you were home by p.m.

Now, think about your teenager - and forget everything you know about dating.

It’s normal to feel scared, worried or sometimes sad about it.