“Do you allow your children to date?”

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    Our topic today – our attitudes towards courtship and dating – might be viewed as a bit controversial by some! You may remember an early episode of the podcast where we talked about ours own Story on the subject, and if you’ve heard this episode, you may also remember that we have a pretty unique story about how Jesse and I ended up in a relationship together and how our parents had strict advertising rules.

    We’ll talk more about this in this episode and answer the question, “Do you allow your children to date?”

    We share how we approach dating and relationships with our teenagers. You may be surprised to learn that we don’t have rules for dating in our home (like “you can start at 16”, etc.). Instead, we try to walk our children, have a lot of conversation, point them out about Jesus and try to rely on the Holy Spirit (as we talked about in last week’s episode!) For wisdom and Receive guidance in leading our children.

    This week we’ll also be discussing Jesse’s new water bottle, our new twin stroller, two books we recently finished, listening to podcasts at double the speed, and more!

    In this episode:

    [0:32] – Today’s topic is advertising and dating.

    [2:20] – Jesse surprises me by getting something out of the “script”.

    [5:42] – I’ll reveal that we recently got a new stroller that has saved my life lately!

    [8:28] – You can get the double stroller that we bought relatively cheaply from Amazon!

    [9:48] – Jesse just finished black ice by Brad Thor.

    [10:58] – I just read it again wonder by RJ Palacio.

    [12:55] – An email and iTunes review sent by listeners.

    [15:40] – Jesse gives a fun tip about listening to podcasts at a certain speed.

    [17:32] – We dive into the main topic – courtship vs. dating.

    [19:58] – Adolescents are more likely to listen when parents talk to them rather than just making rules.

    [22:45] – Encourage our children to plan and think about the future, not just living in the moment.

    [25:22] – Every child is different; We don’t want an assembly line approach to parenting.

    [27:40] – Why we as parents tried to perfect the art of stoicism. 🙂

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