Instead, they should be encouraged to participate in their parents.Recently, the children of two close friends have begun dating. So I threw the question out there to the World Wide Web: "At what age did you or will you allow your children to start dating? And it made me realize that we, as parents, have a pretty wide range of ideas on what age kids should be allowed to start dating and even on what dating means at various ages." Predictably, two of the three dads who weighed in responded with "Never!The ultimate reason for dating is to find a spouse.Once you’ve found someone to marry and you get married, you no longer engage in dating.
Some, believing that dating is appropriate, encourage their children to follow Josh Harris’ “courtship” model.Michelle Anthony, Ph D, a developmental psychologist and learning therapist in Denver, suggests an opening line like: “It sounds like a lot of kids are talking about dating now. ” If you can't tell what dating means to your kid, try discussing dating as shown on TV shows or in movies that are age-appropriate.For instance, Atkins suggests asking your child why they think someone acted the way they did, and whether they made a good or healthy choice. It's your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind.Sexual promiscuity is rampant, even among Christian teens, and many young people receive little or no moral guidance from their parents.Binge drinking, date violence, and even date rape are far too common.Dear Kim, Thank you for your excellent question and for your patience in waiting for my response!