This leads to where we now stand in this ongoing situation.  In our homes, our children all know that any special relationship with someone else demands that there is a desire and commitment to marry in order for it to even begin!  (To some, that may seem extreme.  But it works in many ways.  That's another article.)  However, the downside of that requirement is that a spiritually and morally weak child will be more willing to say that they are ready than anyone.  So that commitment isn't enough.  There must be mutual agreement on the parent's part. 

In Josiah's case, David has demanded that before any relationship goes further, Josiah needs to have a heart-to-heart talk with Christiana's dad, to see what he thinks.  He must know that her dad thinks she is ready, is willing to give consent to the relationship, and under what conditions.  However, even before that happens, David (and obviously with Laurie's agreement) needs to be convinced that Josiah is at a place where he is ready for such a relationship, too. 

What are the principles here?  Find out next time.  However, lots of these ideas are covered in our book, The Guidance Manual for the Christian Home School:  A Parent's Guide for Preparing Home School Students for College or Career

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