ear Dave, I really hope you will respond to my dilemma!
I am 42 and have been in a year-long relationship with my boyfriend, 26. When it comes to energy levels, sex, and overall compatibility, we connect very well.
He could also choose to stay (and you could grow in similar ways and find more common ground) or leave for reasons completely unrelated to age. You have to make the best decision you can with the information and feelings you have at the time.
Given the focus on age, it's not strange at all that you have conflicted feelings.
For this reason, it is not only the age difference but also the current ages of the partners that factors into the equation.
When dating a younger man, the women should consider the maturity level of her partner, the intentions of her partner and the opinions of others.
The question of maturity is often linked to the situation where an older woman is dating a younger man.
Dating someone younger—whether you’re two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory—certainly can work (look at Eva Longoria and her 4-years younger beau), but being an “older woman” in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls.
If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following. Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s.