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.

He glanced at her in the seat next to him and thought, .

Group dating is an excellent way for teenagers to transition from always being with parents to dating one individual.

Establish Guidelines One of the important tasks a parent must perform is establishing rules for teenagers.

Families typically create dating guidelines based on several criteria such as age, maturity and religious beliefs.

However, many parents allow teenagers to date at a younger age depending on various factors.

For instance, going to a high school sporting event or stage play at the age of 14 with a group of friends can also be a dating experience.

He had prayed for an opportunity to talk to her alone—without her three brothers around. “Oh, okay,” Julie replied, in cryptic teenage fashion. “Have you thought through how far you are going to go, physically, with the opposite sex? They wanted to encourage her to make the right ones. He knew his wife always got the mail, but Julie was acting like a basketball team ahead by one point in the fourth quarter, hoping the clock would run out. Our teens do not go out on a date every Friday and Saturday night.

She looked nonchalantly out her window as their car crossed a small bridge. “I would like to ask you a very personal question and give you the freedom not to answer if you don’t want to.” He paused, waiting for her reply. Our junior high and high school age teens don’t date anyone exclusively.

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.

Pros: The Bible says Christians should be yoked to fellow believers.

If a teen is dating another Christian, there is a greater likelihood that they will remain abstinent and supportive of one another.

Many parents set rules for their Christian teens about dating.