According to shows like “The Bachelor” and “Confessions of a Matchmaker,” dating offers the chance to understand, unveil and often undress a person you barely know. Some would argue these shows are extreme, but if you’ve spent any time in the current social environment, you might say they’re not far off. Where dating is concerned, society as a whole seems to have taken a wrong turn — perhaps there’s a better way. People who adhere to the principles of old-fashioned courtship may be on to something. But for those who are willing to take the more contemporary dating route to marriage, there are ways to minimize the heartache so common in today’s romantic scene.
The pain of a broken relationship is real, but not forever.
How do you make the right decision about when — and with whom — you should have sex?
Questions and Answers
In a culture where dating and sex often blend together, where do I tell my son to “draw the line” physically?
We long for intimacy but too often settle for physical or emotional promiscuity.
It might seem fun, exciting and harmless at first, but online dating can become a trap.
The delicate courtship dance between men and women has always been fraught with ignorance, uncertainty and razor-sharp emotional peril. Now, there’s help.
If you’ve been through an experience related to this topic, we invite you to share your story with others.
Other Things to Consider
Sex before marriage cost more than I dreamed.
Are you dating or just friends? Maybe the other person changed the rules. Then again, maybe you just haven’t been paying attention.
One couple’s decision to postpone physical affection of even the simplest kind.
If you do decide you’re dating, then what?
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