And it was a good opportunity for them to practice their manners and learn how to behave in formal clothes. A teenager going on a first date at 17 is certainly not the norm in our culture.
But many experts agree that early dating is not a good idea.
However, even with these guidelines, three out of four of our teens had their first real date to the school prom in their junior year at age 17.
And those first dates were all with friends, not with someone with whom they were romantically involved.
When a child can date Giving a child the privilege of spending time with a member of the opposite sex is a freedom that is based upon our judgment of how responsible we deem this child to be. Is he strong enough to withstand peer pressure in a boy-girl situation?
In light of our reformatted definition of dating, we have the following very general age guidelines for spending time with a friend of the opposite sex (these are for our children still living at home).
It is easy to see why there is a movement of parents to replace traditional dating with a formal courtship between a young man and woman.
These parents are involved in their children’s lives, seeking to protect their innocence and purity for marriage.
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.Also, parents need to evaluate the vitality of the Christian walk of the person who may date one of their children.Specifically, is this young man or young woman a Christian?We think it's like our giving our kids bicycles.We'd teach them the safety rules right away so they could delight in the ride without being run over by a car on a busy street.Whom they should date As a starting point, we believe our teens should develop friendships with and eventually date only other Christians (2 Corinthians -16).