Parents need to know why they are setting the rules, and they also need to discuss the rules openly with their children.
Here are some of the most common dating rules and how they can be used most effectively to guide teens through the world of dating: Pros: You can set an age where most teens have a good maturity level and are able to think independently.
The Solution: There are several solutions to this issue.
Tell your teen that you will talk about dating when he or she is ____ years old.
Then you can sit down and have a conversation to see if your teen is ready.
Setting this rule alone can breed lying and inappropriate activities.
The Solution: You can set the rule, but also leave it open for your approval. Don't grill him or her about their faith, but get to know him or her to evaluate whether or not you think this teen shares your child's values.
Pros: The Bible says Christians should be yoked to fellow believers.
Some people say they are Christians, but they are not necessarily Godly in their actions.
Pros: Dating that occurs in public places prevents temptation from getting the better of teenagers. Cons: Just saying that the dating has to occur in public places does not necessarily ensure that the people around your Christian teen will hold him or her accountable.
Also, teens sometimes don't stay in one place for an entire date.
Cons: Not all teens mature at the same rate, so even though your teen comes to that age, he or she may still not be able to handle it.The Solution: Try using that age as a "review" age.