Dating rules teenager usa
(Side note: If you’re not a Christian, these rules can still apply to you as they are a recipe for a healthy, strong relationship where you have a voice and are safe). As a new sophomore in high school, a senior boy and I had a mutual attraction.
He asked me out, I said ‘yes’ (and secretly hoped my parents would too) and for nearly the next year, we were a thing.
The Solution: There are several solutions to this issue.
You can try driving your teen to and from the place where the date will happen.
I don’t think it’s healthy and I haven’t wavered on my stance.
I’ve seen in myself and in others how painfully easy it is to immerse yourself in another person, especially at these young ages where they’re (let’s be honest) ill-equipped to handle all the emotion that comes with relationships, dating, heartbreak, and the plethora of responsibilities that accompany it all. First, I don’t know how I managed to convince my parents to allow this when the hard and fast rule had always been “no dating until you’re 16” and I was 15 and a couple of months.
You can also require that your teen goes on dates where other Christians will be present.
Pros: Going on a date with another couple helps hold your teen responsible and resist temptation.
Teenage dating tends to stir up some nostalgia, concern, and sometimes, even controversy when we enter into discussions about the when, who, why, and what of dating.
The Solution: Try using that age as a "review" age.
Tell your teen that you will talk about dating when he or she is ____ years old.
It’s a hot topic and there’s nothing simple about it.
My daughter is 17 and thus far, has chosen not to date.
I spent my money on long-distance phone calls that went unreturned and allowed myself to be a second choice to everything else in his life. Instead of spending my thought life on this guy, I wish 17-year-old Melanie would have invested all that time and energy in herself.