“Women over 40 sometimes convince themselves that there are not many good opportunities for a future mate on the dating scene after 40, and therefore settle for the first good candidate who comes along,” Drenner says.
“Too often, they make the ‘smart choice,’ meaning a good potential partner that cares for them, rather than the ‘heart choice,’ who is someone they love.” So go ahead and hold out for someone who you really, truly love.
“Think about it, you’ve gotten where you are in life by taking action, not waiting for the fates to drop the things you want on your doorstep.” Generally, it’s a good idea to project that you’re self-sufficient when dating older men.
“The man you are dating may have children he is supporting,” Katz points out.
But best of all, if you want to be single, make sure you are—legally.” “If you think that love should ‘just happen’ or it’s not meant to be, it’s time to rethink your dating plan,” Suzanne says.Hitting the dating scene in your fifth decade can feel so… After all, there are likely to be children in the picture, and behind every potential partner is a sheer lifetime of romantic experience (and a much, much longer trail of exes). In fact, if you’re dating as a forty-something, you’re guaranteed to be wiser, better at dating, better at knowing what you want, and a lot less impulsive and sensitive to rejection.That said, if you’re recently single for the first time in a long time, you may not know where to begin.I’ve found some women get frustrated with the ‘I have the kids this weekend’ scenario because it can dampen their spontaneity and they lose that one-on-one time that’s so important when dating, but it also might mean that the following weekend is a ‘child-free’ weekend.” “So many women (and some men) think they know their boundaries and yet accept unreasonable demands when they think they meet ‘the one,'” Zuckerman explains.“If you are accepting the unacceptable, over time it is a recipe for disaster!