They say age is just a number when it comes to love, and it’s more evident then ever these days that people don’t focus on age gaps in relationships as much as they used to. Even those negative stigmas associated with an older man dating a younger girl, or an older woman and a younger man, have dissipated. But can a relationship where partners vary by 10 or more years really work?Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships
If you find yourself in an age-gap relationship, or thinking about getting into one, here are a few things that are good to know:
1. It ultimately boils down to compatibility, lifestyle, goals, and interests
“You really have to be crystal clear about your hopes, dreams, and desires from the start,” says marriage and family therapist Dr. Sheri Meyers. “A big issue for couples with a big age gap is mismatched life experiences and goals around marriage, children, lifestyle and freedom.”Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships
For example, the younger woman in the relationship may desire children in the future. But if the significantly older man has ‘been there, done that’ he may not be interested in having more kids.
2. Aging will eventually be an issue.
What’s going to happen in 15 or 20 years? Or when you’re both much older and one partner is in a significantly different stage of the aging process then the other?