Sleeping over at other people's houses was not a part of your childhood.Your parents just couldn't trust that your friends' parents wouldn't let their kids do whatever they wanted, like stay up all night eating jellybeans or robbing convenience stores.If you have a question, please email Chris at this specific email address: adviceforparentsoftweens[at]gmail[dot]com.Please keep your questions on the issue of raising older kids.In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights.
Sure, he knew this gap was normal for teenagers and their parents. “Okay,” he replied, “I’ll take that for an answer . Although it’s uncomfortable, he’s definitely on the right track.But he wasn’t ready yet to surrender his role as a parent. Just what role should parents play to steer a child away from the traps in the most popular sport for many teens—the dating game? For us, dating or courting is a small part of the overall process of determining God’s will for discovering your life partner in marriage.He hoped the conversation he was about to initiate would help close that gap. ” he asked, struggling to disguise the wobble he felt in his voice. Bill gripped the steering wheel and shot a glance into her eyes. Bill and his wife had talked before with Julie about God’s standards about sex, but soon she would be dating and making moral choices on her own. They were just a block from home, so gently but firmly, Bill pressed the final question: “Well then, would you mind telling me how far you intend to go? ” He stopped the car a few feet short of the driveway and feigned a look into the mailbox. If he had waited for a month, he wouldn’t have been ready for what she said. In our family the focus has not been on dating, but more on training our teens in their character and in how to develop a relationship with the opposite sex.**************** Chris, Some of my children’s friends have started dating.We have told our daughter that we don’t want her to date.