Therefore, as parents, how can you tell if your son or daughter is ready to date?
Our parents struggled with this same question, especially after my (Michael’s) first serious date as a sophomore in high school.
Instead, dating readiness should be the result of a teenager displaying certain internal character qualities.
Several months before I had asked Stacey out, my parents had agreed that I’d demonstrated the necessary integrity according to our contract.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Since honor is a general term, we encourage you as a family to determine what honor specifically means to you.
Ask, “What will you be doing that is evidence that you are honoring God, others and self?
It would probably be an understatement to say that dating is an important part of a teenager’s life.
Since I had never been on a date, I emphatically tried talking him out of the idea.
The stronger their personal convictions, the easier it can be to state their beliefs and respectfully stand against peer pressure.
We encourage you as a family to make a list of the beliefs and convictions necessary for dating.
What we did is the same thing that other families can do to help determine if their teenagers are ready to begin dating as well.
CREATING A DATING CONTRACT What can parents do specifically to assist their teenagers in making a decision about dating?