Christian rules for dating my son

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

I am very pleased to announce that Chris Jordan will now be fielding questions about raising tweens and teens.

How can we keep the safe while helping them learn the proper way to honor and respect the opposite sex? God has placed you in the life of your child with a great purpose in mind.

So what do we do to help our not so childlike yet not yet grown up kids navigate the world of the opposite sex?

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.

Please keep your questions on the issue of raising older kids.

**************** Chris, Some of my children’s friends have started dating.

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