There’s no greater moment of panic in a parent’s life than when their daughter begins to date. Due to their lack of knowledge about the world their teens face coupled with the scant dating information they received as teens, many parents feel ill-equipped to guide their daughters through the minefield that is teen dating.
And by the same token, teenage girls crave information about dating and relationships. And left to their own devices, many will develop their own assumptions about dating by talking to their friends or watching the latest TV shows and movies. But that will only lead them down a path toward heartbreak.
So how do you engage your daughter in discussions about dating, relationships, and her future happiness? Expert educator Daniel Anderson and his twenty-something daughter, Jacquelyn, help you navigate the biggest dating myths, including: the myth that a boyfriend will make your daughter happy, that she should trust her feelings, or that sex will enhance her relationship. Combining the latest scientific research with poignant personal stories, as well as proven truths and practical application, The 10 Myths of Teen Dating will equip you to teach your daughter how to date smart for today … and tomorrow.
My Take on The 10 Myths of Teen Dating
I have to admit, this book wasn’t what I was expecting; however, it’s still going to be a great resource for Daniel and me as Stacy grows up.
Unlike other Christian books I’ve read, this book isn’t dripping with Scripture and in fact, the author makes a point to say Ten Myths isn’t meant for a solely Christian audience. Rather than building Ten Myths on a Biblical foundation, it’s built on cultural research and hard data. The Biblical component is peppered throughout where the author feels God’s Word applies and bolsters the research. In my humble opinion, I think the author does this very well and will help a broader audience; hopefully, reaching more non-Christians with the hope that comes from His Word than if he had focused on Christian readers.
Ten Myths is well written with practical advice and discussion starters for you and your soon-to-be-dating-teen.
Something unique about Ten Myths is its co-authorship. Daniel Anderson’s daughter, Jacquelyn, interjects her thoughts and experiences within the pages of each chapter. I found this helpful and humorous as she bluntly shared the joys and woes of having a father who is an expert at helping parents and teens navigate the tumultuous waters of dating.
I would recommend this book for any parent, preferably before their child is “old enough to date.” Though the title suggests this book is just for parents with a daughter, I believe parents with a son would also benefit from adding Ten Myths to their bookshelf.
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