So you're a man of a certain age, and you find yourself dating a significantly younger woman. What do you do now? First of all, don't sweat it. Keeping a younger girl interested does take work, but it's not an impossible task. Just follow the steps below, and you'll be on your way to a long and happy intergenerational relationship.
Show Interest in Her Interests
One of the most important things that people want out of a relationship is people who support them in their interests. If you're dating a girl who is significantly younger than you, you’re probably going to have different tastes in a lot of things. The music she listens to is probably not going to be the music that was hip when you were her age, and the places where you want to hang out aren’t going to be the same as the places her friends want to hang out, and there are going to be plenty of current trends that she's into that just make you shake your head.
While you don't have to pretend you suddenly have the taste of an 18 year old, you should at least show an interest in current trends. Find out what bands, movies, and TV shows she likes and give them a try. You don't have to like everything she does, but you also don't want to be dismissive or condescending toward her tastes. If she wants to hear an older man complain about kids these days, she can go talk to her dad. When she talks to her partner, she's going to want someone who's supportive and doesn't try to make her feel silly for her preferences.
Women want their men to feel lucky to have them, but that doesn't mean they want them to act like they're unworthy all the time. When a guy is dating a significantly younger woman, he might have a tendency to feel like the relationship is on borrowed time and that she'll wise up and go find a younger man at any moment. This kind of defeatist attitude is only going to sap your confidence, which is one of the quickest ways to turn a woman away. Never act like you don't deserve a younger girlfriend or that she thinks you're too old – if she thought that, she wouldn't be with you.
Act Like a Gentleman
Remember what you were like at 20? If you're like most guys, you were rude, boorish, and inconsiderate. Chances are you're much more mature now, and the women in your life thank you for it. One of the things that attracts women to older men is that they're much more mature than younger guys – they're more attentive, they're less full of empty bravado, and they're more polite. Don't shy away from being a gentleman just because the younger guys don't know how to be one. If she wanted a frat boy, she'd be dating one.
Dress to Impress
Like the old ZZ Top song says, "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man." That's as true for women twice your age as it is for the ones half as old as you, and your girlfriend will definitely appreciate it when her mature older boyfriend dresses the part. Spend some of that extra money you earn that the younger guys don't on a tailored suit and a pair of classy cufflinks for a fancy night on the town, and don't settle for substandard casual clothes. A woman wants her man to look good, and you should be happy to oblige her.
Oh, and one more thing: be yourself. If you try to adopt some new persona with clothes that don't fit your personality, you've already lost her. Remember, she's dating you. That means she already likes who you are. From there it's just a matter of being supportive and responsive to her needs, just like with any other woman, no matter her age.
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