These external behaviors can be a reflection of good parental training.
It takes time to discover those qualities about a person and even more time to see if they are enduring or just a pretense.
It takes far more maturity than most 12- to 16-year-olds have to see that words and actions need to match.
Train your teen to look for outward qualities that indicate inner character, like a good reputation at school, a self-controlled mouth, and wise driving habits, to name just a few.
Also, parents need to evaluate the vitality of the Christian walk of the person who may date one of their children.
Our teenagers would all say that their prom dates were a lot of fun. Many of the parents were involved with before-dance dinners, chaperoning the dance, and hosting after-dance activities at homes or rented facilities.And it was a good opportunity for them to practice their manners and learn how to behave in formal clothes. A teenager going on a first date at 17 is certainly not the norm in our culture.But many experts agree that early dating is not a good idea.They need to be very choosy about whom they spend time with in light of that definition.Help them write down the qualities they want to look for in the person they marry. That list then becomes the criteria by which all potential dates are measured.