"It’s more about having accomplished certain developmental and moral tasks," he said.Popcak recommends that parents ask themselves certain questions when deciding whether and when to allow their children to date, including: Does my child know how to be friends with the opposite sex?
Our middle son recently announced his engagement to a young woman he has been friends with since childhood and dated for nearly four years.
My husband and I are grateful for the way in which Luke and Audrey have discerned their engagement and their plans for a Church wedding this May.
Dating and discernment are important and require the right intentions and approaches, based on individual personalities and holy purpose.
Gregory Popcak, who, with his wife, Lisa, authored (Ascension Press, 2012), says that age is less important than maturity when it comes to dating.
In our house, group dating may begin at age 16, but one-on-one dating is forbidden until age 18.
Our reasoning is that dating is a prelude to marriage, and no one should date who isn’t ready to begin the search and make the commitment to marriage.Do I know my child to be a moral and spiritual leader among his/her peers?"The more you see your child demonstrating these traits at home — with you and his/her siblings and friends — the more you can safely assume that your child is ready to date," he added."There’s no reason to date someone you don’t really think you would marry someday," said Liz.Dating plays a vital role in the marriage-discernment process, giving young people experiences with the opposite gender so that they can learn what types of personalities may be a good match for them.For Stu and Liz Sigmund of Oconomowoc, Wis., dating was an indispensable factor in their marriage discernment.