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It is every parent’s responsibility to establish and enforce boundaries as their child begins to develop romantic feelings for someone.

As the couple’s romantic affection grows, so will the risk of sexual impurity. That is why the apostle wrote, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (1 Corinthians 7:1).

The couple will probably agree in principle, but it is also important that all parties involved also agree on specifics.

Such discussions can be awkward, but they are absolutely necessary, so below is a chart that might make the conversation a little-less awkward. It is not all-inclusive, but probably identifies a sufficient number of examples to be useful. 

Directions for use:

1. Have the couple and the parents review the chart in advance

2. Meet to discuss where the “point of no return” is

3. Move one step to the left and promise to go no further