Love is an amazing thing. From the young to the young at heart, anyone can fall head over heels in love. However, as we get older the idea of dating can seem a daunting prospect. The passion we felt in our youth doesn’t fade but it’s hard to know where to start – especially if you’ve already been in a loving relationship that’s sadly come to an end. To help you on your journey, here’s a guide to dating as a grandparent.
Why now is the right time
The need for a loving relationship doesn’t stop when we reach a certain age. In fact, companionships are even more important in later life. Having a strong connection with someone reduces the risk of developing physical and emotional problems. It’s even been suggested that love helps you live longer – it’s a miracle emotion!
Now is the time to seize the day and find love. You won’t be alone in your quest. More and more people over 60 are reaching out on the internet to find special someone. You don’t have to be a tech-savvy senior – easy-to-use websites, like eHarmony, are a brilliant place to connect with like-minded people in your local area.
Trust your instincts
During your passage towards happiness, have faith in your own judgment. Being a grandparent means you have a wealth of experience to guide you. Learn from the impulsive mistakes you made in your youth and draw upon the patience and understanding you learnt as a parent. Not everyone you meet will ignite that spark within you but don’t give up. Make each date meaningful and look towards the future.
Telling your family
Another reason why seniors are sometimes wary of dating is because of the fear of upsetting children and grandchildren. The strong bonds you share with your family are unlikely to be broken by the arrival of your new partner. However, they may be tested. If your family seems unsure of the path you’re taking, remember they have your best interests at heart. As soon as they see how happy you are, their fears will be laid to rest.
To help bring your family and new partner together, make sure the relationship is serious before letting that person into your relatives’ lives. Also, anyone who doesn’t show an interest in meeting your children should be sent packing.
Get started today
There are lots of new and exciting ways to approach dating – some you probably haven’t even thought of. Websites dedicated to dating and social media sites, such as Facebook, are great places to meet people. They also help you stay in touch with new and old friends.
Websites like eHarmony make senior dating easy. The questions it asks you are designed to find out exactly what and who you are looking for, as well as giving an insight into your personality, beliefs and morals. The results are matches with a very high level of compatibility. And the best thing is that this can all be done from the comfort of your lounge.
FYI-This is a guest-post written especially for NanaHood!
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