Aidan is starting to get busier with school activities, he played baseball last year, he's taking on leadership roles at school and has been playing on our worship team at church and will be playing on the youth worship team during youth group.Texting is becoming the primary means of communication with kids now, and while we don't want technology to rule our life, we realize that we need to embrace what it has become in our culture.
Since I was searching for something like this on the internet, I know many other parents might be too, so I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy and paste the following contract and make changes to it to fit your family life.
You may click on the title and it will take you to a google document page where it is written, and then request that I send you the file.
It would probably be an understatement to say that dating is an important part of a teenager’s life.
In one study, researchers found that high school students consistently rated the time spent alone with an opposite-sex partner as the time when they were happiest and most satisfied with life.
Give your teen enough freedom to explore his relationship, but don't allow so much freedom that he could get himself into trouble.
While you will likely want to create your own contract with your teen that outlines your rules and expectations, here's an example of what you might want to include: I know being allowed to go out on dates is a privilege.
Pros: The Bible says Christians should be yoked to fellow believers.
If a teen is dating another Christian, there is a greater likelihood that they will remain abstinent and supportive of one another.
Cons: Not all teens mature at the same rate, so even though your teen comes to that age, he or she may still not be able to handle it.
The Solution: Try using that age as a "review" age.
I know that having a cell phone to use is a privilege.