“It took him longer to say that I was his girlfriend.Men who are older tend to be more ready to take those steps toward commitment sooner.” Karen admits, though, that age doesn’t necessarily dictate whether or not a guy is ready to commit.I was married once before, to a man five years my senior.
“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?
Often times it has more to do with how he perceives his maturity.
“It has more to do with where the individual comes from and how they’ve viewed their life,” says Karen.
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.That's important to keep in mind when you commit to dating a guy who is significantly younger than you.Karen, who eventually ended up marrying her younger guy, found that the biggest issue stemmed from him not being as mentally ready for commitment.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.If the age gap is large enough, you may find yourself at a completely different point in life, which can be a bigger stumbling block that you might think.That said, age gaps have been proven to cause some unique challenges and complications.