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I still feel like a teen, and having had the opportunity to teach teens last year and this year in a Bible study class, they have become my favorite people to hang out with. Our family rule is that dating starts at the age of 16. Couples can form as early as elementary school, and though it’s fairly innocent at that age, and definitely not considered “dating” in my mind, it’s one of the things that as parents we can be supportive of it, on the fence, or against it.I’m so excited to start sharing more thoughts on parenting teens, in a monthly series with a few friends, where they will join me in talking about teen topics, as we share our thoughts/experiences. It’s always been that, they have always known, so that decision was made well in advance. Not sure if it’s because of my chill boys, or because they’ve just always known the family rule. My daughter was “asked out” in 4th grade, and though I thought it was adorable and fairly harmless, she said, “I can’t date til I’m 16” to the boy, and that was that.

Just like all of the other fun stages of childhood, trying my best to soak it all in….capture it on camera…so I can relive it over and over for years to come. Every parent comes from a different experience and perspective, and I’m anxious to hear what the other ladies share as well.It can be uncomfortable for them, but I want to push through that, so they know I am not uncomfortable with it.I ask them what words they may hear at school that they don’t know what it means, and I tell them. I want them to know that kissing is great, and totally encouraged, but it’s important to practice self control beyond that.I recognize that a lot of people in this world disagree, but I’m grateful I was raised with this, and I hope my children will do the same.Either way, I will love and support, and encourage them every step of the way.