How can we protect our teens when they begin to date?
Thank you, dear Jesus, for giving us temporary custody of these precious children.
We know, Lord, that they are yours and that you have entrusted them to our care.
Lord, thank you for giving us the wisdom to recognize when our children veer off the path you have chosen for them so that we can gently guide them back on the right road.
Lord, we know that you created us to love one another, and those feelings can be confusing for our children. Thank you for giving us the power of the Holy Spirit to know how and when to help them navigate those emotions so that they can make healthy choices when they date.
The teen dating years can be some of the most challenging and yet rewarding years for moms and dads.
The last article, “Wear Your Armor On A Date, Part 1,” gives a vivid example of what we are facing in this culture. We see the physical transformation in our teens while the little child inside that we have grown to love still looks for approval.
Teens live in between 2 neighborhoods: adulthood and childhood. The inner conflict can be difficult for teens as they come up against the temptations that our culture presents – especially when they begin to date. Feelings prompt them to make choices where they do not have the ability to comprehend the potential consequences.
The Word of God is the manual that gives us the tools to teach our children about love yet when teens begin to date, they can still create their own illusion of a better way. The good news is that there are practical and intentional steps we can take when our teens approach the age when they have the desire to date. Here are a few:
Parents can model healthy relationships and give the gift of time that so many teens are starving for in their lives.
Model what healthy relationships should look like to them
Laugh with your children
Find joy in the little moments and don’t let anyone steal that joy
Give them the gift of time
Journal for your teen and their future spouse
Present your requests to God
Pray, pray, pray
Life is short and precious, and our kids need us now more than ever.
Thank you, Jesus, for these amazing parents!
Thank you, Jesus, for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young.
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