By Kelli Mahoney Many parents set rules for their Christian teens about dating.While setting rules is a good idea, it is important for parents to think through the rules that they do set.Parents need to know why they are setting the rules, and they also need to discuss the rules openly with their children.

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Pros: The Bible says Christians should be yoked to fellow believers.

If a teen is dating another Christian, there is a greater likelihood that they will remain abstinent and supportive of one another.

Cons: Some people say they are Christians, but they are not necessarily Godly in their actions.

Setting this rule alone can breed lying and inappropriate activities.

Cons: Not all teens mature at the same rate, so even though your teen comes to that age, he or she may still not be able to handle it.

The Solution: Try using that age as a "review" age.Tell your teen that you will talk about dating when he or she is ____ years old.Then you can sit down and have a conversation to see if your teen is ready.The Solution: You can set the rule, but also leave it open for your approval. Don't grill him or her about their faith, but get to know him or her to evaluate whether or not you think this teen shares your child's values.Pros: Dating that occurs in public places prevents temptation from getting the better of teenagers. Cons: Just saying that the dating has to occur in public places does not necessarily ensure that the people around your Christian teen will hold him or her accountable.Also, teens sometimes don't stay in one place for an entire date.