Talking with kids about parents dating
The old worries about teen pregnancy, tarnished reputations and broken hearts still apply, but today there are new risks due to rising rates of dating violence and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).
What can a parent do to make sure their dating teens are happy and safe?
Love, dating and relating to the opposite sex are important factors in living out the "Purity Code".
How kids relate to the opposite sex and how they eventually date will determine the success of their relationships and say a lot about their Christian commitment.
Youth workers and parents can help create a culture with teenagers that embraces the inclusive dating concept.
I like to use the following illustration with kids when I talk about dating. David is not dating just Donna, a very cute girl with a beautiful smile and a terrific personality. This means Donna is, in a spiritual sense, dating Jesus, who lives inside David. Kids need to learn that they should treat their dates as if Jesus lives in him or her.
You might find it helpful in your ministry situation too. When our students decide to follow the way of radical respect, it will help to keep their life free of problems in the many relationships they have with persons of the opposite sex. Exclusive dating refers to two people dating each other. Inclusive dating refers to kids relating to many friends of the opposite sex. Inclusive dating provides kids with a great opportunity to hone their opposite sex relationship skills while providing a safer environment for them to stay accountable and on track in keeping the "Purity Code".
Our kids will be the better for it in the long run!
Youth ministry meetings and events provide great opportunities for kids to work on their opposite sex relationships.