The Frisky -- If you're a to year-old woman without any children, I caution you against dating a man with kids. I did this once and, let me tell you, I learned my lesson. I dated The Cop off and on for about six years and I have to admit that love kept me from realizing just how big a problem his children were in our relationship. Recently, he and I made plans to have a friendly, totally platonic drink to celebrate my promotion. He canceled the day of because his youngest daughter had hit her head and he'd spent the previous night in the emergency room.
'Men should date women half their age plus seven': The strange dating rule that dates back to 1901
The Real Reason Why Older Men Want To Date You
I was born in and have two older siblings. So far, so normal. Except for the fact that being born in — the same year the Titanic went down — my father was old enough to be my great-grandfather. To further compound the issue, my mother was born in — a difference of 33 years between their births. As a child, I was never overtly aware that other people's parents were of similar ages; my mum and dad were just like anyone else's. The true impact of the age of my father only struck home as a teenager. My father died from age-related illnesses two years after he retired.
The reality of dating a much younger man
Ever heard of the rule that men should date women who are half their age plus seven? Some celebrities - think Leonardo Di Caprio - take this to extremes with a roster of something models regularly appearing on their arm, but do you know where the saying comes from? But does it stand up to scrutiny, or is it just a baseless rule perpetuated by men who want to justify dating younger, and less mature, women? We asked three relationship experts to weigh in on the rule - and their responses were surprising. Historically, a woman was to choose a man the same age, or five to 15 years older.
You know those girls who refuse to date anyone younger than they are, much less anyone their own age? I am one of those people. Throughout my entire love life -- or whatever you want to call what has been 23 years of going through men, some for longer than others -- I have never so much as lusted after any guy who is younger than I am. And I obviously have the matching theory as to why to go along with it naturally, it involves being the younger sister.