I like to use the following illustration with kids when I talk about dating. David is not dating just Donna, a very cute girl with a beautiful smile and a terrific personality. This means Donna is, in a spiritual sense, dating Jesus, who lives inside David. Kids need to learn that they should treat their dates as if Jesus lives in him or her.

You might find it helpful in your ministry situation too. When our students decide to follow the way of radical respect, it will help to keep their life free of problems in the many relationships they have with persons of the opposite sex. Exclusive dating refers to two people dating each other. Inclusive dating refers to kids relating to many friends of the opposite sex. Inclusive dating provides kids with a great opportunity to hone their opposite sex relationship skills while providing a safer environment for them to stay accountable and on track in keeping the "Purity Code".

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Bring the workshop to your community and/or explore the topic online with our e-courses on Promoting Healthy Relationships and Intervention Strategies.

Our mission is to equip adults– as parents, coaches, teachers, relatives and neighbors – with the right information and strategies to help the teens in their lives thrive in safe and healthy romantic relationships.

Eighty-nine percent of teenagers between age 13 and 18 say they have been in dating relationships.

And while it may seem like innocent puppy love to you, relationships between teenagers can seem incredibly intense and all-consuming to them.

The apostle Paul summed up the Christian attitude when he said: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."Dating Abuse: Tools for Talking to Teens" explains the dynamics of teen dating abuse and provides usable strategies for all adults to have realistic and successful conversations with young people.The in-person workshop is scripted and easy-to-use, and anyone can facilitate it.Our kids will be the better for it in the long run!Youth ministry meetings and events provide great opportunities for kids to work on their opposite sex relationships.Never tell your teen you want to talk when you are in front of other people, except perhaps your child’s other parent or guardian. You will get answers if you set up a comfortable environment and listen respectfully and non-judgmentally. This means that through the process of your conversation, you want to support your child and confirm that you are a good resource and a non-judgmental listener.