Cons Some people say they are Christians, but they are not necessarily Godly in their actions.Setting this rule alone can breed lying and inappropriate activities.Pros: Telling your teen to be careful when holding hands, kissing, or touching can help him or her avoid situations that can end up going too far.It also helps teens identify early when a situation is becoming dangerous.The Solution: Discuss temptation openly with your teen.You don't have to divulge all of your temptations, but explain how temptation is normal and everybody faces it.
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.
While all of these rules are appropriate, it will be easier for your teen to follow your rules if they understand where the rules come from.
Don't just cite Scripture -- explain how it applies.
Pros: Going on a date with another couple helps hold your teen responsible and resist temptation.
Christian teens face a lot of the same temptations as other young people, so having friends there can be helpful.
Parents need to know why they are setting the rules, and they also need to discuss the rules openly with their children.