Thirteen rules of dating

12-Sep-2019 12:21

From salt-and-pepper George Clooneys to silver-fox Harrison Fords, young women are swooning over smooth older men more than ever.

These days the idea of young women dating older – often significantly older - men barely raises an eyebrow. A long stints in an asylum for the criminally insane? But just because she hasn’t shared a similar experience, don't feel that she wouldn't relate to your life or your issues; open up and you never know what wisdom she could offer.

It's a common mistake for men, when faced with a saggy arse and uneven skin tone, to either give up completely or attempt to distract attention with a level of sartorial experimentation that smacks of desperation. Step away from Jack Wills and into Cos or Oliver Sweeney for simple, high-quality natural pieces that won’t swamp your distinguished features. Don't wear a watch that looks like a bedazzled dump-truck tyre Interesting philosophical question: Do dumbass guys buy obscenely large watches, or do obscenley large watches make a guy look like a dumbass?

We get it, you're financially comfortable, but unless you are a member of the Kardashian family, you do not need that much bling. Don't flash the cash too freely Salaries generally get bigger with age, so there’s a reasonable chance that you earn more than she does.

Do dress well Someone once told me a useful rule when it comes shopping for your age.

Twenties = shock; thirties = chic; forties and beyond = cheque. Leave the trend-led streetwear to youngsters who need to compensate for a lack of personality or confidence. Now is the time for creating a capsule wardrobe, a slick canvas of smart pieces which make the most of the fact that you can now actually carry-off “suave” without looking like you're wearing your dad's wedding suit to a funeral.

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You’ve started the good work of setting clear limits around what your daughter and her boyfriend are permitted to do in your home.My 14-year-old daughter has a boyfriend and she wants to spend time alone with him.Every chance they get their faces are stuck together, and the other day I noticed a hicky under her collarbone.While your daughter is, predictably, aghast when you show your face in the same room as her and her boyfriend, it would feel even stranger to her if you granted her free reign.Teens expect and count on parents to set limits on their behavior, even when they are highly vocal in their displeasure of those limits.

You’ve started the good work of setting clear limits around what your daughter and her boyfriend are permitted to do in your home.

My 14-year-old daughter has a boyfriend and she wants to spend time alone with him.

Every chance they get their faces are stuck together, and the other day I noticed a hicky under her collarbone.

While your daughter is, predictably, aghast when you show your face in the same room as her and her boyfriend, it would feel even stranger to her if you granted her free reign.

Teens expect and count on parents to set limits on their behavior, even when they are highly vocal in their displeasure of those limits.

She’s absolutely mortified, of course, by my presence.