If you can’t stand the person but have a great physical relationship, rethink the relationship. If one person is uncomfortable with any type of physical expression, don’t do it. Don’t push a date to do anything that makes him/her feel uncomfortable.

But, the authority of Christ needs to take precedence over your physical drives. If the social, emotional, spiritual dimensions are missing or lacking, you are out of balance.

The boy came in and met your parents; he paid for dinner; and you were home by p.m.

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In your teen's world, getting "asked out" may mean cementing an exclusive relationship after weeks of "talking" online, texting, or Facebooking.

Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.

Be open to discovering this and integrating these various parts of you. As I've written in each of my other books, children never recover from the death of a parent or parental divorce.

They live the rest of their lives in the shadow of that event.

Thankfully, God is still stronger than the world, and He wants to protect your teen in the midst of temptation.

Good news: Your teenager can maintain healthy, God-honoring relationships. You have the power to redefine dating for your teenager, using strategies that can help you and your teen to navigate relational waters.

Do: Reserve the right to cancel any date if you perceive a threat to your teen's safety.

You must decide before you go on the date what your limits will be.

Here is something worth considering: A parent who has turned a blind eye to how they or their children have been changed by the past will make repeated dating mistakes.

They will run over dating partners, fall short in caring for their children, and make foolish decisions about remarriage.

The world wants to define dating for your teenager.