II Corinthians says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
You see, I didn't realize how common it was for parents to actually allow and even encourage pre-teens to go out on single dates without any supervision, or even be in the home alone with no chaperone.
This astounded me—someone who often gets asked for advice on ways to help teens stay pure.
It’s amazing how our teens often “hear” the truth we have been telling them for years when it is spoken from another adult’s lips.
Pray for those who are speaking into your child’s life, and pray for your teen as they listen.
Well, I'd start right here with my advice: I am urging you, parents, allow no complete privacy.
I'm not suggesting that you need to sit between your teen and his date at the movie theater, but there should never be a moment when they are alone without an adult in the house. It's far better to create an environment of power and self-control, where they have you to rely on, rather than to leave them to their own devices. As in many/most households, the subject of dating will come up at some point—hopefully later rather than sooner.
Several issues arise when our teens begin dating and parents often ask for advice. Do they have a Christian mentor or other adult in their life with whom they will share their dating details?
The following are some questions I have heard most often. While many factors must be taken into consideration, and each situation is different, accountability must be part of your decision. If not, accountability must be put into place before dating begins.
How do we help develop character in our teens and help them make good choices? What emanates from the heart is what we believe about God, ourselves and others.