Age Gap Relationships: Are They Ever OK?

I must say it is hard to find men without children or who don’t want any of their own but men definitely don’t have a problem finding me. I’ve been told I look much younger and I attribute this to still wearing the size 3 I did in high school and to not having the stress wrinkles of child rearing. I absolutely love the freedom of my lifestyle and most men are attracted to it also, especially men with children but as I said before I don’t have any kind of relationships with people who have chosen to have kids.

I got into the relationship with a single mom and experience 80% of the problems people mentioned here. Now I think the only possibility the relationship works with a single mother is both her child and mother have to be kind enough while you are being nice and working hard on the relationships with them. @youngdoc99Wow Ron, you couldn’t have wrote it any better. I was dating a woman with two kids who could not have anymore children.

Remember that high school romances tend to be self-limiting, but look for warning signs too. When you think about, it’s actually the first intimate relationship your child is making with someone outside of the family. When your child mentions dating, or a girlfriend or boyfriend, try to get an idea of what those concepts mean to them. Take note of how your child reacts when you discuss dating.

But what exactly does teen dating even look like these days? The general idea may be the same as it’s always been, but the way teens date has changed quite a bit from just a decade or so ago. “How that filters down into day-to-day connection might have to be negotiated in the relationship,” Hendrix says. Maybe you prefer that he checks on you throughout the day with a “how’s it going” text. But he’d much rather call you on his lunch break, because texting isn’t his ~generation~.

You’re 20 years old and, under this rule, you can date a 17-year-old. There you are in college, and you get to go back to high school again to find a girlfriend. What about if your 10-year-old looks at you and says, “I’m ready to date, Dad”? Do you say, “No problem. Half your age is five. Add seven to that, so you can date a 12-year-old — an older woman”? There is so much a 12-year-old can teach a 10-year-old — advanced coloring, advanced texting, and so many other important life skills. It’s no wonder that so many women feel that men their own age are too immature.


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That’s enjoyable for a man at any age, contributing to a sex life Sherman deems “energetic.” Sherman agrees that a woman who’s, say, divorced with older kids may have so many obligations to juggle that someone who’s accrued less “baggage” is often appealing. “They can just appreciate one another, and the moments they share.” “They find the aging process for men to be more accelerated than among women, in terms of their desires for exploration, and are interested in younger men who may be less set in their ways,” she says.

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So, ultimately you will need to decide what is best given your child’s temperament. It’s also important that tweens feel empowered with information that helps them set boundaries, expectations, and limits on themselves and the person they are dating. Stay involved by sharing your first dating experiences, and role play if your tween feels up to it. It’s important that they build confidence about dating in these early years so that they are not swayed by misinformation. Tweens tend to pick their boyfriend or girlfriend based on the person’s looks, clothes, and/or social status.

Even then, age of consent exists in many states in the US. A person under the age of 18 years cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse. The age of consent is the same for both males and females.

There’s a small window of time between when your teen begins dating and when they’re going to be entering the adult world. Aim to provide guidance that can help them succeed in their future relationships. Whether they experience some serious heartbreak, or they’re a heart breaker, adolescence is when teens begin to learn about romantic relationships firsthand.

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“Teen are very influenced by their peer group,” Dr. Segura adds. “Sometimes it is best to provide them with anticipatory guidance rather than waiting until an issue crops up to address it.” Respect your teen’s opinions even when you don’t agree with them. Show interest in learning more about what has shaped their ideas and why they have certain beliefs. Teens often just want to know that someone is listening to them. Ask questions that go beyond “yes” or “no” to open the door to more in-depth conversations.