25 Practical Tips to Help Young Men Mature in Faith & Life

This article is from a chapter in The Mentor’s Handbook: How to Form Boys Into Inspiring and Capable Menwhich is available from Sophia Institute Press.

Tip Number 15: Do not date until you are twenty-one

This dictate usually creates a wildly defensive reaction, until you remind a young man that he has nothing to give a young woman — just yet. If he were to ask me for my daughter, I would ask him, “Who do you think you are?” followed by, “Go make something of yourself and then come back and ask again!”

This, of course, does not mean they must shun the girls or young women in their lives. But they should be encouraged to go on many dates with different women and none exclusively.

Women should be respected, and sexual intimacy should be reserved for marriage.

The time to date exclusively comes after the age of twenty-one. The development of so many young men is arrested when they forsake the program in favor of “hanging out” with their girlfriends at the mall.

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