Christian perspective on teenage dating
Some parents may feel comfortable allowing a mature, responsible seventeen- or eighteen-year-old to go out on individual dates.
It's their call, of course, but here again we believe it's crucial that mom and dad know their child's dating partner and his or her parents well.
As Christian parents we’re called to bring God’s flourishing rule into our family’s life.
That can’t happen if we’re busy trying to befriend our teen.
Trying to be your teen’s friend actually cheats them out of having these things in their lives.
Yes, your teen can be moody, self-absorbed, irresponsible, etc., but your teen can also be brilliant, creative, selfless, and mature.
appropriate and encourage their children to follow Josh Harris's "courtship" model.
Others feel that dating can be a positive experience for teens provided they are mature enough and the parents know and trust the dating partner.
They should also bear in mind that while eighteen-year-olds may be considered "adults," the fact remains that many of them haven't developed the maturity to monitor and control their own actions in a dating situation.
If an older teen displays maturity, common sense, and sound moral judgment, dating can play an important role in his or her growth and development.
Then you can promise to revisit the dating question after he or she turns seventeen if your child displays the necessary signs of maturity and sound judgment at that time.