They are twenty years apart, and they’ve been together for two. “I watch so many of my other friends agonize over text messages from guys who . It’s not an “old-fashioned” dating scheme, it’s just a more humane one.“I wasn’t trying to go back in time,” Gabrielle added at the end of our conversation.Our 22-year-old daughter is dating a 38-year-old co-worker (he has his own home and a thirteen-year-old son who lives with the mother).
Sometimes a significant age gap makes a relationship impossible.I always seem to date guys between 10 to 20 years older than me, and from my relationships comes some of the best memories and experiences.I still get the common response from my friends: “He's too old for you! ” I've also had a few people in my life suggest that I do it because I am a “gold digger.”So, the broad answer is this: To clarify, I'm not dating older men because I am a “gold digger.” It's more important for me to pull my own weight and be financially stable.Our daughter still lives with us (and her 17-year-old brother) but frequently spends the night with this man.He often takes her out for dinner and showered her with gifts at Christmas (while she enjoys this, it does not seem to overly impress her).We feel that we are walking a fine line…being supportive and accepting, but not wanting to push too hard for fear she will simply rebel against us and move in with this man.Our daughter is mature and has been in 2 previous relationships, but is also known to still have episodes of thumb sucking at home (although mature, she is still looking for nurturing). There is no value in mentioning your concerns as she already knows your position.Men aren’t the only ones who date younger people, though, and the archetype of the “cougar”—an older woman dating a younger man—is rapidly becoming a part of the public consciousness.Same-sex couples sometimes feature a significant age gap as well.A middle-aged man dating a much younger woman has long been thought of in American culture as a classic sign of midlife crisis.In some circles, dating a younger woman is a status symbol.