5 Things You Need to Know About Who Your Teen Is Dating

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3. How does he or she spend free time?

Kids today are busier than ever, but they still have some measure of free time to do as they please. How they spend this time reflects a great deal on what is important to them. Consider the truth found in Ephesians 5: 15-16: "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

Young people can learn a lot about their peers by taking note of how they spend their free time. Does a boy waste a lot of time on TV or video games? He might be lazy. Does a girl spend way too much time on personal hygiene? She might be too focused on her looks.

Does a boy spend all his time taking care of his car? He will probably care about it more than he cares about her. Ultimately, you want to train your kids to notice if their peers spend any time focusing on things that have eternal value. Things like growing in Christ, developing Christian character, and investing in the lives of others.

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