Driver’s Ed is one of the most worrisome life events a parent will ever face, but not as terrifying as teen dating.
How important is our parenting is during the teen dating years and how can we prepare our children to recognize healthy relationships? By using driver’s education as a model, we can help steer our children in the right direction.
I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
Driver’s Ed does not discriminate.
Safety and responsibility are the two most important goals for Driver’s Ed whether you are a believer or not. It is important to teach our teens to have Godly discernment about who is out there driving and who is out there dating. Just because someone has an ichthys sticker on the bumper does not mean that he or she is a Christian driver or a Christian dater.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
What teens have learned.
We teach our teens carefully through a Godly example and with the Word of God. At the same time, the culture is teaching our children a different way to live. We pray they listen to their father’s teaching and their mother’s advice. If we pay careful attention to their thoughts and actions, we can gently correct and guide them to make better choices. Giving them the keys to choose healthy relationships is a process that takes years. Driver’s Ed is only successful with slow, intentional teaching. Christian relationships are built over time through learning with watchful eyes teaching along the way.
Driver’s Ed teaches teens that crossing certain lines is dangerous. The boundary lines don’t need to take your faith into consideration. Christians are equally at risk when it comes to crossing the line as the teen that takes Driver’s Ed but does not obey the rules of the road.
If we are intentional and help our teens navigate relationships, we can minimize the risk and improve their chances of making it to their destination safely.
Love Quote: My child, listen to your father’s teaching and listen to your mother’s advice. ~Proverbs 1:8
Why not follow the model and logic of Driver’s Ed to help our teens safely navigate the teen dating years by teaching them how to court God’s way?