Include it as part of a dialogue on subjects such as puberty, sexuality, and the many different challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities she's going to encounter as she moves through the storms, the trials, the triumphs, and the emotional ups and downs of the teen years.You can start by explaining that the baton will soon begin to shift from parent to child in several key areas.Some parents may feel comfortable allowing a mature, responsible seventeen- or eighteen-year-old to go out on individual dates. But here again we believe it's crucial that mom and dad know their child's dating partner and his or her parents well.

They'll be happy to assist you in any way they can.

I recently shared with my older children that most marriages are defiled before the man or woman have a chance to say, “I do.” In one prominent online study on dating, over 80% of the respondents indicated that they would consent to sex prior to marriage.

This same study revealed that most couples would move in together prior to their wedding day.

It was also noted in this study that dads as well as moms had little influence when it came to who their children dated.

While every dating relationship or "courtship" may not end up in marriage, it should result in growing closer to God and building each other up in the Lord.

Without a God-driven purpose in dating, too often, our youth and young adults will be caught up in the emotional and physical pulls that are naturally there.

You should probably discuss all of this with your daughter long before her first "suitor" comes knocking at the door.

If you think it might be helpful to discuss these ideas at greater length with a member of the Focus team, our staff counselors would consider it a privilege to speak with you over the phone.

While learning to drive, she'll have to abide by the rules of the road.