Without getting too Sir Lancelot about things, a little etiquette goes a long way. Maybe open the door as she walks through, or offer your arm as she steps down from the curb – but play it by ear and don’t go too overboard.
Also, make sure you remember her eye colour (trust us on this one) and when you’re comfortable, maybe test the waters by leaning in a little closer as she speaks – if she backs away, well, it’s probably not going well.
“The younger and less experienced he is, the more open he’ll be in his relationship with you.”Be forewarned, though: Less baggage can also mean a lack of relationship skills, such as communicating and resolving problems and conflicts, says Melanie Matcek, a matchmaker and relationship coach in San Antonio, TX.
Be selective about your battles and learn to compromise on things that aren’t vital to your relationship, she recommends.
If a lot of your guy’s friends are like him—young and single—going out to bars until 4 a.m.
drinking, flirting with women, and behaving like a frat boy may be the norm.
“Being older, you’re more successful and established, while he’s still climbing the corporate ladder or even getting a career going,” she says.
Dating someone younger—whether you’re two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory—certainly can work, but being an “older woman” in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls.
If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following. Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s.
his dry sense of humor kills you, and dang those eyes!
And then you learn that the same year you graduated college, he was wrapping up his freshman year—of high school.