Usually Bill and his daughter made small talk on their brief ride home. Bill was concerned about the growing emotional distance between them. for now.” A tense silence filled the car as it eased forward and stopped in the driveway.* Bill is definitely a courageous dad, pressing into a relational hot spot where most parents fear to tread.
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.
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, .
All the time, things happen in life that will frustrate and upset us, but sometimes you really have to stop and think if it's really worth getting upset about or making a big deal over. If you don't, you'll normally find yourself beating yourself up because you wish you would have thought before you acted. If you believe you will ever be tempted to cheat, just stay away from relationships.
It has always made me wonder, "Why is everyone in need of a boyfriend/girlfriend?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.He hoped the conversation he was about to initiate would help close that gap. ” he asked, struggling to disguise the wobble he felt in his voice. Bill gripped the steering wheel and shot a glance into her eyes. Bill and his wife had talked before with Julie about God’s standards about sex, but soon she would be dating and making moral choices on her own. They were just a block from home, so gently but firmly, Bill pressed the final question: “Well then, would you mind telling me how far you intend to go? ” He stopped the car a few feet short of the driveway and feigned a look into the mailbox. If he had waited for a month, he wouldn’t have been ready for what she said. In our family the focus has not been on dating, but more on training our teens in their character and in how to develop a relationship with the opposite sex.Find some middle ground and be happy that your significant other is happy.Fifth, you need to learn to pick and choose your battles. There is an old adage that goes, "Once a cheater, always a cheater." It hasn't let me down yet. If you do, you will end up with a bad rap, and no one else with any self-respect will want to date you.Second, you have to have someone whose interests are the same as yours.