We made our expectations clear, gave them specific guidance and principles (not just rules), and told them we’d be asking them if they were living up to these standards.

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We stress strongly the use of your own intellect and common sense.

God’s Word speaks openly of the pleasure of sex within the marriage relationship (Proverbs ,19; Song of Solomon 4:5; 7:1, 6-9).

We shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about what God wasn’t ashamed to create.

However, God requires us to address the subject in keeping with his intentions and requirements, not the world’s.

He warns us not to talk about sex in any inappropriate context: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

Apart from marriage, the lasting commitment is absent and the sex act becomes a false expression, a lie.

Every act of sex outside of marriage cheapens both sex and marriage.

Though there were sometimes nervous jitters as family members (and especially the young men) anticipated these sessions, in each case the time together was strategic, encouraging and rewarding.

Having consistently practiced this when they were dating, it was impossible for us and for our daughters to imagine them dating a young man without first openly addressing with him all the principles that follow.

I’ve developed the following material and presented it to many young people and their parents over many years.