The Solution: You can set the rule, but also leave it open for your approval. Don't grill him or her about their faith, but get to know him or her to evaluate whether or not you think this teen shares your child's values.
Pros: Dating that occurs in public places prevents temptation from getting the better of teenagers. Cons: Just saying that the dating has to occur in public places does not necessarily ensure that the people around your Christian teen will hold him or her accountable.
The Solution: Encourage your teen to call you if the other couple leaves or does anything that compromises your teen's situation.
Also, try to meet the other couples so that you can feel more comfortable about your teen associating with him or her.
Tell your teen that you will talk about dating when he or she is ____ years old.
Then you can sit down and have a conversation to see if your teen is ready.
Cons: Just making the blanket demand can make it easy for teens to rebel or go too far without understanding.
Teens may also not understand what to do when they end up in a tempting situation.
Parents need to know why they are setting the rules, and they also need to discuss the rules openly with their children.
Here are some of the most common dating rules and how they can be used most effectively to guide teens through the world of dating: Pros: You can set an age where most teens have a good maturity level and are able to think independently.
Also go over ways to avoid temptation, but also ways to cope when faced with it.