"A 12-year-old who looks 16 isn’t ready to date someone who is 16," Anthony says.You may not love the idea of your child beginning to date, but don't try to pretend it’s not happening.There is a group of Christians that do not believe teens should be dating at all, and there are people on the other side that believe dating is how you know the right person when he or she comes along.Most parents, though, fall between the two opposites.It is also important that you listen to your child when he or she speaks.When the two of you understand each other, trust and openness is built up. As you start to notice your teen's growing interest in members of the opposite sex you may want to start thinking about the rules you want to set.
Here is some advice as your child enters into this new experience: According to the Bible, it is God's will that people fall in love and get married (1 Corinthians 7:1-7).
Many parents of Christian teens feel some anxiety when their teen goes off on a first date. If you trust your teen to date, then you need to let go a little bit. If it helps, offer your teenager a cell phone so he or she can call you if needed.
Try to do things that get your mind off of the date. As time goes on you may not like the dating, but you will get used to it.
Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?
Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?