We asked a few women about the unique challenges of dating a younger guy—here’s what they said.
You know, remember that song from that TV show everyone was watching in high school? But those things you can laugh off if everything else is going well.
Other things, however, can be a little more tricky to handle.
When the time comes to meet the parents, be super chill.
“My boyfriend is closer to my dad’s age than he is to mine,” says Sarah, 27.
“When I first told my parents that I was dating someone much older they were skeptical -- but once we hit the one-year mark they finally understood that it wasn’t a phase, and wanted to meet him, which was weird, but I think that the way my boyfriend handled it was great.
"He acknowledged the elephant in the room by cracking a joke with my dad about a sports championship they were both alive for that I was obviously not, and from there the meeting went much more smoothly.
After a few experiences, she learned to let go of some of her preconceived notions.
Sometimes we can blow the age gap thing up to be a bigger deal than it actually is.
“I had been supporting myself for years,” explains Becca of her ex. I could empathize with where he was, but the level that we related was different because of our age gap.” Perhaps more important than age, is the question of life stage.
Is he in a place in life where he can support and relate to you?
Karen explains that, if a guy has always envisioned himself being married young, he is going to be more likely to be ready to commit than a guy who hasn’t envisioned that lifestyle.