“ OK with cohabitation before marriage .” Sadly , 41 % of practicing Christians believe the same thing . For twenty-somethings and millenials , they ’ ve never lived in a culture where cohabitation wasn ’ t the normative belief and portrayal of every TV show and movie .
In that same Barna study , 84 % of those who thought living together was OK cited the belief that it would be a good test before marriage . Conventional wisdom is usually right , but in this case it is wrong . All kinds of wrong . There are hundreds of studies indicating that cohabitation at best has no impact on marital stability and at worse is corrosive to marriages .
On a very serious note , dating violence is very real and dangerous for young people , both young women and even young men . Please help them understand why they should walk away if they have been abused by their boyfriend or girlfriend .
The saddest research Jackie and I encountered when writing this book is this finding from the United States Justice Department ’ s Bureau of Justice statistic . For women aged 18-49 , who reported intimate partner violence in the years 1993-2010 , they had been assaulted by the same partner in at least 76 % of the cases . It is very likely that this 76 % is an under-reported number . The # 1 reason they should walk away is that it is very , very likely to happen again .
Your daughter Jacquelyn brought an interesting and eye-opening point when she mentioned FOMO ( Fear of Missing Out ), which she believes is greatly attributable to social media , and YOLO ( You Only Live Once ) which is the idea that life is passing you by . How can parents be mindful of these mental attitudes ( in ourselves and in our teens ), and what can we do to encourage the attributes of patience , despite these fearful thoughts
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Finally , how can parents better understand the minds of their teens and help them with wise counsel during these challenging and sometimes turbulent stages ?
Jackie and I both believe the most important step parents can take is to talk with their children about dating . Forbidding dating doesn ’ t work . Gather the resources and create times to really discuss dating ; not just issue edicts .
Faith Filled Family Magazine wishes to thank Christen Krumm of Litfuse Publicity Group for facilitating this interview with Author , Educator , Daniel Anderson . We wish Mr . Anderson all the best in further endeavors to teach and reach young people and to help parents gain a better understanding of them . Read the book to learn more about how you can learn to better communicate with your teens about popular dating myths .
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