Additionally, PAMF has provided some Additional Resources below that may help to open communication with your child regarding sexuality.Even with the support of these external resources, it is important to remember: parents are the most important sexuality educators for their children.Encourage them to mingle with both boys and girls in a mixed group setting, such as a church youth group.Talk about pursuing a commitment to sexual purity and make it clear that, for the time being, there can be no question of unsupervised dates.Some parents may feel comfortable allowing a mature, responsible seventeen- or eighteen-year-old to go out on individual dates.It's their call, of course, but here again we believe it's crucial that mom and dad know their child's dating partner and his or her parents well.Before deciding how you're going to proceed, it's crucial to realize that contemporary dating is radically different from what it was when the majority of today's parents were kids.Sexual promiscuity is rampant, even among Christian teens, and many young people receive little or no moral guidance from their parents.
The more detailed your dating contract is, the better.
Dating – as parents we already know how complicated dating can be, especially knowing the pressures and temptations that go along with dating.
Where do you set boundaries & rules for your own children?
A growing national coalition of organizations has worked to promote family communication about sexuality through helpful publications and vital community programs for the past 25 years.
To learn what may be available in your community, contact Planned Parenthood of America or any of the agencies on the national coalition.