Dating before 16 is ok
We have every right to drive our 13 year-old daughters to the movies with their “boyfriends.” It seems innocent enough, but don’t be naïve about this research.
We can assume that this won’t happen to our kids, but the evidence strongly suggests that the earlier a kid starts dating, the more likely he or she is to become sexually active.
Beginning these discussions when your kids are far away from any interest in the opposite sex is ideal.
For here is the mistake that most parents make: they do not start setting parameters on dating until their kids start exploring their first relationship.
Blindly sticking our heads in the sand and insisting that our kids are different and that they will somehow beat the odds is irresponsible in light of the data.
You’re going to have to tell you kids that they may not be allowed to date until well after many of their peers.
This is especially if we desire to help our kids to remain sexually pure leading into marriage.
This week, though, we’re going to do something a little bit different.I think hearing from my daughters on this one is likely better than hearing from me! I read an early version of his book, which is all about having ongoing talks with your kids as they grow so that you can steer them in the right direction when it comes to relationships.He explains it so well, and really helps to empower parents!Today: I’ve asked Barrett Johnson, the author of the amazing book The Talk(S) (about having continuing talks with your kids), to share about when you should allow your teen to date.Tuesday: Rather than talk myself about teens and dating (since I’ve done that already), I’ve asked my 16-year-old daughter to join us on the blog and guest post. It is possible to raise kids who won’t date too young.
Wednesday: I’m jumping in to talk about how to model a good relationship with your kids. And so today we’re going to ask the question, “when should you allow your teenager to date?