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18 Dating An Older Man...

I am 18 years old and I am dating a man who is 38. We have been together for over a year now. We are head over heels in love with eachother. My family knows about our relationship but they dont know how old he is and they have never met him or seen a picture of him. My sister has been pushing for a picture of him lately but I am afraid that she and the rest of my family wont accept our relationship. I want more than anything to marry him some day but I want my family to be there and be happy for me and support me. Is there a way to tell them to where they arent upset with me?
Lpiper Lpiper 18-21 2 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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Your family will view it that you are at two different stages of your lives. Are you going to school at all or have you gotten a job and moved out on your own? This will affect how they view this relationship. If you are off to college, they will fear that you may forfeit your education for a relationship. I agree with Sgt about why a man that age is interested in someone your age (no offense intended, but like I said, you are at two different stages in your lives). There are relationships like yours that make it for many years, but very few, and that is what your parents may think about as well. Yes, you are old enough to make your own decisions, but please keep in mind that your parents are trying to look out for you for the long term and you may not like what they say but they are not trying to sabotage your life in order for you to be miserable. If they do not approve, the most grown up thing you can do to show them that you are grown up is to not fight and argue about it, but give it time.

@ 18,hv yu xperienced be wth guyz of yur age?hez too big 4 u bt if yu luv him,introduce him n see wht happenz, bt if yur parents wer mine,they will neva eva approve him!