New Growth Press, 2009, 21 pages
Though it is aimed at teens and young people I would recommend this title to parents. They can use it as a very helpful tool to start a conversation with their children about who, and who is not, a legitimate option when it comes to dating.
Dr. Smith begins with a short essay on what character traits to look for, and which to watch out for. Some of them include:
- Actively listens vs. passively hears
- Constructively disagrees, or just disagreeable?
- Giving vs. needy
- Willingly confesses vs. being cornered
In the second half of the booklet Smith presents these same points as a quiz in checklist fashion where reader can not only assess a potential date, but themselves too. They should look in the mirror and ask: “Am I dateable?”
Young people are encouraged not to “casually fall into a relationship” but to instead “start by asking yourself at the beginning of a friendship: Should this relationship take the next step in becoming more serious?” This is advice any parent can appreciate. And this booklet is a great tool that every Christian parent should use.