As a group, homeschool families may take a slightly different path than that typically embraced by the dominant culture regarding sex and dating among teens. Often, the idea of courtship is given priority, with opposite sex relationships being developed as friendships until the young man and woman are ready to seriously think about marriage.
Part of this framework is commitment to abstinence from sexual activity until marriage. This decision may be preceded by discussions about sexuality, differences in the ways males and females think, the positive impact of saving yourself for your spouse, and suggestions for avoiding situations of temptation. Some families provide an opportunity for Dad to present his daughter with a purity ring and his commitment to protect her and to maintain a life of integrity himself.