Hanging out vs dating vs courtship

Go ahead and hang out with someone if you're just getting to know him or her. They hang out perpetually, creating confusion and tension that could easily be dissipated by asking someone on a date.By all means, don't ask a person out just because you think he or she is cute but know nothing else about them. I often get the questions: Figuring that out is the easy part.

What’s the difference between dating and courtship?

If you find the person attractive, you can't stop thinking about him or her, and you're unsatisfied with the intimacy that friendship provides, then it's time to ask out instead of hang out.

The problem usually isn't that people don't know whether or not they want to date, it's that they're afraid the other person doesn't feel the same way. Overcoming this fear involves two steps: Something needs to be more important to you than finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Delaying dating in the teen years is a good way parents can help form the virtue of chastity.

Talking with your teens about God’s plan for marriage, and helping them think about what good qualities to look for in a future husband or wife, can help them enter adulthood with the marriage-discerning mindset of courtship. Andrew Parish in Sumner, holds a doctorate in moral theology and ethics from The Catholic University of America, where she specialized in marriage, family, sexual ethics and bioethics.

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