Parent Guide - Save The Date: A series on dating.

SUN: 2/23

Proverbs 24:27
When it comes to dating, becoming the right person > finding the right person.

SUN: 3/1

Ephesians 5:15-17
Don't make anyone your everything.

SUN: 3/8

2 Samuel 11:1,3
You owe it to yourself to
be honest with yourself.

SUN: 3/15

Proverbs 11:14
Don't date in the dark.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
In this phase, teens tend to rush into everything, including dating, before knowing who they are yet or what they’re looking for. Encourage your teen to focus on themselves before jumping all in! Rushed relationships can oftentimes result in heartbreak or regret. That’s why in this series, we’ll look at some of the most important things your teens can do well right now so that their lives and relationships will be better later.  


Even if your teenager doesn’t show it, the little things still mean a lot to them. They may not “need” you like they used to, but continuing to do things like make them breakfast before a big day, or write them a little note of encouragement would probably still mean a lot. You can even send a text to let them know you’re thinking about them if you don’t have a chance to see them before school.


Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of the week, it’s hard to find a time to sit down and eat with your teen. And when you do find time, meal times are often cut short by things like homework, chores, and friends. When you do have the chance to have dinner, try using it as a time to look back and look ahead. Ask about one person they spent time with this week and ask about one person they plan to hang out with coming up. Even five minutes at the dinner table with your teen can go a long way in keeping you both connected.


The next time your teen comes to you with something about their relationship, relate it to an experience of your own. And maybe don’t always go for the stories that start with, “When [kid’s parent/step-parent] and I were dating...” Give other examples, and know that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a dating relationship. Be real with them about what you went through and don’t be afraid to be a little vulnerable. 


One night this week, especially if you know your teen has a big event or test the next day, try to drop by their room with a short word of encouragement. It’s okay if it doesn’t turn into a deep, heart-to-heart conversation." The goal is to simply remind them that you’re thinking about them and their day tomorrow.