How different is mature dating from teenage dating, or for that matter, even 20- or 30-something dating? Well, think of it as night and day! What we looked for in a relationship 20 to 40 years ago is a whole lot different than what we're looking for now!
Let's face it, in school we were probably more interested in who the cutest guy or girl was, and with whom we could have the best time. Looks and "being cool" were at the top of a pretty short list! But now at our current stage in life, we have so many more things to consider - family circumstances and our past relationship experiences, our goals and values, and our own physical and social changes. Add to that mix children if we have them, our work status and schedule, household finances and property, and any other kin-ships and responsibilities that we picked up along our way. Times have changed and so have we!
For many of us now facing mature dating, these factors will all be major considerations, and possibly downright scary. For others, it may simply be the case that the "right one" has yet to come along despite our best efforts, or simply because career, family, travel, or other circumstances took priority in the past. Dating at any age has its challenges to be sure, and many of us now will find it exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. But to take the "scary" part out of it, we just need to take stock of our selves and our dating approach.
When it comes to dating at our age now, each of us may have our own unique set of circumstances as noted above. But there is at least one denominator common to so many of us - the need for companionship. If we now find ourselves alone and don't want to be, we're not necessarily meant to stay that way! So how do we begin?
First off, let's look at some relationships tips to see of we're even ready for a relationship. And if we are ready, what should we look for in a partner - let's consider some dating tips before we get started! So just where do we look to get a date? And if we're already online, how about some internet dating tips? Finally, after we do meet someone, how do we go about the second date?