Dating in youth groups
Hanging out consists of numbers of young men and young women joining together in some group activity.
It is very different from dating….“Young women, resist too much hanging out, and encourage dates that are simple, inexpensive, and frequent.
The funny thing about this, is that in my experience, many youth don’t date much anymore. Whenever we talked about it, their eyes lit up and I had their total attention and I consistently felt a great need to bring this back into the lives of our youth. Formerly, a STANDARD was a military object (like a flag or an ensign) carried atop a pole. If a youth chooses not to raise that standard, they run the risk of defeat.
I taught at three different high school seminaries in Salt Lake and I noticed that different schools had different dating cultures; but by in large “dates” were for school dances, and not regular weekend activities. In this article are some questions that can help spur conversation about the standards in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, which I believe will help encourage proper dating. Dating is one of the standards that the youth must raise.
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So they resort to “hanging out”, it is easier and has less pressure.
So, how well do they know, and follow, these standards?
The question isn’t whether they are forming relationships, they are.
And date-by-date we would gain more confidence and the social skills to take us into our college years, where dating had a different goal.
But we were practicing with each other – and it was so fun!