- What if my child starts on a path toward physical intimacy?
Sure, he knew this gap was normal for teenagers and their parents. “Okay,” he replied, “I’ll take that for an answer . Although it’s uncomfortable, he’s definitely on the right track.
But he wasn’t ready yet to surrender his role as a parent. Just what role should parents play to steer a child away from the traps in the most popular sport for many teens—the dating game? For us, dating or courting is a small part of the overall process of determining God’s will for discovering your life partner in marriage.
The young teen may be ill-equipped to deal with these sorts of intimate relationships and may come to rely on their relationship status as an indicator of their self-esteem.
Perhaps the early daters neglect friendships and lack a necessary support group of friends to see them through all of the years of middle school and high school.
Others dated all the time—or at least that’s what they reported.
And others reported dating all the time in sixth grade, and then decreased, and then increased again.”And the significance of these trajectories?
As the horde of rush-hour cars streamed by, Bill reminisced about the teenage daughter he had just picked up from band practice.
He smiled as he thought about all those after-school trips over the last few years: dance classes, piano practices, the unending cycle of softball games and tournaments.
“Parents need to be able to assess in middle school what type of risk taker their adolescent or young eighth grader is,” she says.