If there’s one thing we’ve learned from celebs like Amber Rose, Khloe Kardashian and even Kris Jenner, it’s that age is nothing but a number. Attraction can happen between any two people regardless of how young or old they are. But before you pick your prey, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into.
Here are 5 things you should bear in mind before you put your heart on the line for that young hunk of a man!
1. You may have to teach him about emotional intelligence.
A younger guy makes for a great partner—he’s more active, able to naturally bring out your youthful side and he’s likely a vigorous lover! As great as that sounds, however, there is another side to this. With all his spontaneity and virility, he might have some trouble expressing his emotions and showing vulnerability.
2. He likes your confidence, but that can also lead to issues down the road.
You know what you want and you don’t have time for games. He’ll find this attractive and that in itself is a confidence boost for you. However, remember that men, regardless of age, can have very fragile egos. While he might fall in love with your “boss lady” attitude, it could also make him feel inferior down the line. This is especially true when it’s time for action between the sheets as they tend to want to dominate!
3. He has less baggage, but also less skill.
You’ve likely had more experience being in relationships compared to him—some good, some bad but you learned from them nonetheless. You recognize the value in things like good conversation, among other things, but he likely isn’t fully equipped to fulfill some expectations you may have developed over time.
4. The frat boy mentality may last for a while.
Depending on how much younger he is, he may still get FOMO when he sees friends doing keg stands and playing beer pong all night. Meanwhile, you may have done away with the party scene and are into more one-on-one time.
5. The “fling” may not turn into a “ring.”
Emotional immaturity is a big barrier to commitment. He may be scared of love, or maybe he really does love you, but the idea of marriage just translates into a “ball and chain” in his mind. If you’re chasing your biological time clock and he’s just beginning to wind up, make sure these are discussed to make sure everyone’s on the same page.
Dating is a lot of fun, especially when you each bring out the best in one another. There are so many examples of women having fruitful relationships with someone younger, but they all worked through the very real limitations that come with the age gap. As long as you keep realistic expectations and are both willing to meet halfway, then that’s all any relationship requires anyway. You go girl!