WHAT IS DATING?• What is dating? • “Its really about relationships and caring for another person. And building love between two people. Because we get so focused on the sex part, we forget that the relationship comes in behind it, and our teens are missing some of that.”• Dating is not about sex. Dating is about learning to love an building relationships.
WHAT IS DATING• “Intelligent dating is dating successfully, being selective about who you date, hanging out and having fun, remaining steady through the natural highs and lows of romance, and keeping your own standards. Brainless dating is dating ineffectively, dating anyone who has a pulse, becoming centered on your girlfriend or boyfriend, having your heart broken repeatedly, and doing what everyone else seems to be doing.” • Sean Covey
BENEFITS OF GROUP DATING• Relieves Nervousness and Awkwardness• Observe the fun side of others• Fewer temptations and pressures• Easier to be yourself
PRESSURES FOR PAIRING• Not everyone is prepared at the same time for single-dating.• Wait until you are comfortable before you begin single dating.
DANGERS OF PAIRING• Dating Violence • 1/3 teenage girls report experiencing physical violence from a dating partner.• Risk of heartache• Driven by hormones• Promiscuity• Date Rape• Poor Choices Sexually
DATING TIPS• Don’t date too young• Date people your own age• Get to know lots of people• Date in groups• Set boundaries• Have a plan
REMEMBER• Not everyone is ready to date at the same time.• Group dating is the best during the teenage years because it helps teenagers learn about others and themselves.• The purpose of dating is not sex. The purpose is to build relationships, learning to love, and understand commitments.