My boyfriend is 10 years older than me. We're in love and it's awesome. There are many, many perks to dating a dude who is older, some of which you can read here. But there's one tiny downfall, at least for me. In his 40 years on earth, my devastatingly handsome boyfriend has had more than his share of girlfriends and has been in love a handful of times. This is probably totally normal and not a cause for, uh, concern for most 30-year-old women, who have likely had many relationships in their lives too. Unfortunately, I haven't and his vast relationship experience makes me feel like I'm somehow not as special as I'd like to be.
If you can't seem to find someone, or can't get a quality relationship to last, you may be experiencing invisible barriers that prevent you from finding the right love. The first step to overcoming these barriers is understanding them. We're here to help.
One of the best things about being in a relationship is that you have someone to lean on when the going gets tough. When your partner is stressed, consider pro-actively offering support, instead of waiting for him to come to you. Here are six situations when your partner needs a little extra loving.
Society has well-worn, oft-rhyming phrases for when it comes to choosing between friends and boyfriends: "Bros before hos," "Chicks before dicks." But despite all these handy expressions, most of us know that when relations between a close friend and a lover go sour, picking a side is vastly more complicated than three-word idioms. Here are five signs (with their exceptions) that your friend might be poisoning your relationship.
As a single friend migrates into serious couple-dom, there is always an adjustment period where relations between existing friends can take a turn for the worse. Everyone has had that "acquaintance" who falls off the face of the Earth once she's roped into a new relationship. There's also the girlfriend who won't stop talking about her newfound love at the expense of everyone else's interest.
Couple skating is the willful act of ignoring friends in favor a new relationship. It's something that we all do and should be somewhat ashamed of. Sure, you're way into each other but you've known these friends since way back when and they deserve not to be neglected. Out dating advice is to follow the bro code and keep the love alive for your BFFs.
1.) I'm Into Girls/Guys Who Look Like XXXXX (which isn't what's right in front of you) Into blondes but asked out someone dark-haired? Usually stick to your own race/religion but felt frisky one day and now find yourself sharing appetizers with another skin color? Pat yourself on the back, and keep this tid bit to yourself. This one should be a no-brainer. Really. Nobody likes to hear in the beginning that they aren't what normally makes your head whip in double-take. Oh, and you also run the risk of coming across as shallow or racists. Or a shallow racist. Not hot. Radio Personality Howard Stern Disses His Girlfriend 2.) I Only Have Unprotected Sex
The beginning of a relationship can be a tricky course to navigate. Guys (like me) aren't so good at guessing what women think or want, and our stupidity can lead to otherwise easily avoidable arguments. Setting some basic rules with your new flame may help you get past the small stuff and start enjoying your lives together. Here are ten guidelines to help smooth the road with your new beau. Some of these tips might seem like common sense but everyone has different expectations.
During the vice-presidential debate, my normally peaceful relationship with my husband turned into a Soviet-era showdown. We both sat icily on opposite sides of the couch, and when I snorted at Sarah Palin's winking he glared at me. When he mumbled "lies" under his breath while Joe Biden was talking, I chucked a pillow at his head. An iron curtain has descended in relationships across the country—on one side lie McCain supporters and on the other side Obama backers. With a looming economic crisis, two wars, a crumbling health care system and the future of energy in the balance, this election has captivated our nation. Voter registration is at an all time high and pundits expect turnout to be even greater. But the cost of this intense political passion is often our relationships. Politics can highlight fundamental differences or similarities in values and character and how these issues are handled can either make or break a relationship, so when is the right time to introduce them into your relationship without destroying it?