podcast and answered ten questions on singleness and dating.We get a lot of questions from young Christian men and women who are “not yet married.” Their season of life awakens many desires and hopes, uncertainties and insecurities, and tricky pastoral questions. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller chatted about it with group of middle-schoolers and high-school freshmen from Hackensack, N. She says those views aren't what they used to be regarding the appropriate age to begin to date."I think it doesn't really matter about age too much, if you feel like a relationship could mean something to you," said Jane, 14.The general consensus from the group was that 12 seems to be a good age to begin dating.
It's really about relationships and caring for another person. Because we get so focused on the sex part, we forget that the relationship comes in behind it, and our kids are missing some of that."She added that there's no definite answer or a set age parents can agree on to allow their children to begin dating.“The temptations faced by dating couples must be frankly acknowledged.” Having served with Focus for nearly a quarter of a century, Daly has come to the realization that the American standard for relationships outside of marriage might not be what the doctor ordered when it comes to preparing for a healthy lifestyle and future spouse.“Some of the alternatives our friends have suggested deserve careful consideration, including a return to a ‘courtship’ rather than a ‘dating’ model for premarital relationships, closer parental supervision and guidance, and stricter and higher standards of personal purity,” shared Daly, winner of the 2010 Home Word Family Ministry Award.Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?And so I think the church really serves and helps Christian singles consider marriage and consider dating.