Advice for teens about dating

Talk to your teen about what a good relationship is.

While you may think your teen already knows how to date, they probably don’t.

Where parents and teens tend to disagree is the method of getting to that wedding day.

However, parents do need to keep in mind that falling in love is part of God's plan.

This is one of the most difficult and often overlooked steps by parents, yet it is one of the most important parts of leading your Christian teen down the right path.

While neither one of you may feel totally comfortable talking about dating, sex, temptation, or feelings, it is important that your teen understands your perspective.

Here is some advice as your child enters into this new experience: According to the Bible, it is God's will that people fall in love and get married (1 Corinthians 7:1-7).Many parents of Christian teens feel some anxiety when their teen goes off on a first date. If you trust your teen to date, then you need to let go a little bit. If it helps, offer your teenager a cell phone so he or she can call you if needed.Try to do things that get your mind off of the date. As time goes on you may not like the dating, but you will get used to it.When it comes time to meet your teen’s date, be kind and respectful.While you may want to give a lecture on the rules; their date is not the one you should be talking to.