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, .If a relationship with an old friend is in the future, will it happen without a little push? Maybe this infatuation or interest has gone on for several years, even a decade or more. While of course you certainly don't want to be labeled a stalker, there really isn't anything wrong with looking up old friends.Once you've made contact, however, you can get a better feel about just how welcome your reintroduction into his or her life might be.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.
As his suitor emerges, they exchange the proper salutations. Now, imagine this: a group of seven teenagers are at the movies. Laughing and shouting, their friends subtly try to push the two toward each other. Though dramatically different, both scenarios are completely natural.I have never been asked out on a date, yet everyone tells me that I am so nice and have a great sense of humor. This is especially true with young men (and women), as they are inexperienced, juiced on puberty hormones and the vigor of youth and have in many cases not yet realized that sex in the context of love is a far better thing than just plain old sex.What I don’t understand is what is wrong with me that guys don’t seem interested in dating me. It doesn’t sound like you’re lacking for opportunities actually, if you are turning male attention down on a regular basis.In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights.As the horde of rush-hour cars streamed by, Bill reminisced about the teenage daughter he had just picked up from band practice.