According to shows like €śThe Bachelor €ť and €śConfessions of a Matchmaker, €ť dating offers the chance to understand, unveil and often undress a person you barely know. Some would argue these shows are extreme, but if you've spent any time in the current social environment, you might say they're not far off. Where dating is concerned, society as a whole seems to have taken a wrong turn perhaps there €™s a better way. People who adhere to the principles of old-fashioned courtship may be on to something. But for those who are willing to take the more contemporary dating route to marriage, there are ways to minimize the heartache so common in today €™s romantic scene.

Background Information

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Let's Talk About Sex
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Questions and Answers

In a culture where dating and sex often blend together, where do I tell my son to "draw the line" physically?


Love Lessons
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When Cyber-dating Becomes an Addiction
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Is it too Late for Love?
The delicate courtship dance between men and women has always been fraught with ignorance, uncertainty and razor-sharp emotional peril. Now, there's help.

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Who's On First
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Kiss Me Now
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The Moves
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Abuse & AddictionPornography and Cybersex, Sexual Abuse

Parenting ChildrenTalking About Sex

Parenting TeensSexual Activity, Crisis Pregnancy, Homosexuality

TransitionsGetting Married, Adoption, Having a Baby