The prospect of your teen starting to date is naturally unnerving. It's easy to fear your child getting hurt, getting in over their head, being manipulated or heartbroken , and especially, growing up and leaving the nest. But as uncomfortable or scary as it may feel to consider your child with a romantic life, remember that this is a normal, healthy, and necessary part of any young adult's emotional development. But what exactly does teen dating even look like these days? The general idea may be the same as it's always been, but the way teens date has changed quite a bit from just a decade or so ago.
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If you've got a teen girl -- or even a tween girl -- you might have hit up against that dreaded parental encounter known as "Meeting my child's boyfriend. But, let's face it, parents tend to be more worried about their girl children entering into the dating world. It's girls that get pregnant. Girls that get raped much more often. The Steubenville scandal , and all of the similar cases, happen to girls. Who wouldn't be worried? Chances are, if your daughter has brought home a guy, you've given him the fish eye, maybe even grilled him.
There are all kinds of advice out there about dating today, but a lot of it is about dating in the world rather than Christian dating. Christians need to have a different attitude toward dating. However, even among Christians, there are differences as to whether you should or should not date.
He has videos on Facebook of him getting drunk and stoned. And last year, he broke into our house while we were on vacation. My daughter says he has changed and she really likes him.