The basic gist of the story - she's looking to get married within the next few years, and she's approaching 30 soon. However, we are a pretty good fit for each other sans age difference, and it's obviously an issue we'll have to deal with as time goes on. Socially, it's become a bit more acceptable than in earlier times, but still - very tough to say.

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So, I'm proposing this “8-year rule” in dating as an absolute.

The 8-year rule states that you shouldn't date anyone outside of an 8-year age range. I've dated (or tried to date) women who are older, younger and, if you'll believe it, exactly the same age as I am.

If you answer these questions honestly, you’ll have gobs of good information as you try to determine whether a long-term relationship with the older individual could work well.

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On top of that he has a 5 year old son, I've met him multiple times and we get along great (no I don't try to play house or be a mom to him).

I'm just nervous to tell my parents about us because I don't think they will like the age difference.

I really do care about him, and I know he really cares about me also.

We haven't done anything more than kiss, so I know he's not looking to just get in my pants or anything like that.

He's the sweetest guy I've ever met, and has his life together.

He treats me better than I could ever imagine anyone treating me.

I'm, by no means, the most mature 30-year-old dude you're going to meet, and I'm not insinuating that all younger women are flighty or immature.