Most people want to find a friend or a life partner, and to meet the dates who may fulfill this desire, many 50-somethings, about 80 percent in fact, do it the old-fashioned way — through friends or family. Dating after 40 or 50 means taking control of your love life, just like you do the rest of your life. Keep your body language open, play with your hair, smile, touch his arm.
It means being kind to yourself and the men you meet. I have compiled a list of Dating Do’s and Don’ts exclusively for women like you. These are for the woman who is done repeating the same mistakes, and is ready to find her grown-up love story.1. Baggage bonding is when an early date shifts into deep conversation about some baggage you have in common. You start comparing your horrific ex-spouses or your crazy awful dates. Men know who and what they want, often better than we do. But every day I coach women like you through situations they wish they didn't get into.
Addressing the elephant in the room is always a good idea. If you met through online dating, then take the opportunity to talk about why you're both online and what you hope to gain from it.
If you met in person or because you were set up, again, then get straight to the point of what you ideally want to get out of all this dating.
If you're hoping to find true love and they're looking to just hookup, you need to know early on so you can bail if you need to.
If you're in between jobs or currently sleeping on a friend's couch for whatever reason, put that all out there.
It's a delicate balance of being open, and keeping your wits about you.
If you know that you're one of those people who has a hard time making eye contact, tell your date.
It's better for them to know it's difficult for you instead of them thinking you're just uninterested and rude.
In our opinion, true first date etiquette is all about putting your needs first in a way that has consideration and respect for the person sitting across from you.
Although old-fashioned first date etiquette will tell you to spruce up, be polite, and cross your legs, there’s so much more than that archaic nonsense.