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Finally, I went to the former Amish and asked them.
I'm guessing it is NOT a practice among the New Orders or higher churches--right?
Some of the comments are surprising, but they do answer the main question: Does bed courtship still exist among the Amish? I've heard the parents don't really like it, but they look the other way, because they really want their children to stay Amish. It is one of the many acts of deceit they think is ok because the higher up Amish do something different! Dee I'm still trying to figure out why parents don't stop it.
Dee Quick question: Have you ever heard of bed courtship? It's a controversial subject among Amish and former Amish. Some Amish disagree with it, some disagree in word only. (But this kind has no board down the middle like the bundling of old.) Rebecca I never heard of it, so I decided to look it up. The bundling of early America used a board...somehow, the Amish lost that part of the tradition. It seems to go against all that the Amish would consider moral. I think Le Roy is right: tradition wins out over common sense and moral standards. Naomi Dee, the reason the parents don't do anything about it is, they are losing their children to the world, so if they get pregnant then they have them because they make them get married. I heard of a case where a girl got pregnant on her first date ever and had to get married.
Barbara Dee, what I had tried to say earlier today is that this has been the custom for many years so there is most likely little if any wondering going on because the parents dated the same way, and know exactly what is going on. (I wish I could meet you, but my driving is limited because of health issues.
Barbara Unfortunately they are expected to date this way but refrain from sex..you imagine most mothers and fathers never talk about sex with their daughters and sons! Is there a weekend day so my hubby could help drive?
Mary On the New Order and more progressive churches like Mennonites and Beachy, they do not have the practice of bed courtship. because they don't want to be faced with this issue when their children join the youth.