Shoul you date a man who’s MUCH older?

by singlemomseeking on January 18, 2008

older-man.jpgA single mom friend wrote to me yesterday to update me about her dating life. I could send her back a long diatribe on what I think about her possible romance with The Older Man, but I’d love to hear what you have to say:

You see, my very smart, gorgeous, successful single mom friend — who’s turning 34 next week and has a beautiful daughter — recently met a 54-year-old man through work. He’s divorced and has three grown children. He has asked her out a couple of times and told her that he’s very attracted to her.

He has let her know how much he admires her for raising her daughter alone, and he even paid for sitters when they went out. So far, he has worked around her schedule (i.e., no pouting because she can’t see him every weekend). My friend says, “He seems very comfortable in his shoes. He calls consistently, and there are no games.”

She enjoys his company and feels attracted him. She’d like to let this get more serious… but, he’s 20 years older than her!

Single parents: help her out here. What do you say?

Have you ever dated an older man?

Should she go for it? Or, find a man closer to her age?

P.S. I’m going to encourage my friend to enjoy him in every way for now… He sounds like a decent man. But I also want her to be prepared for the fact that when she’s a hot 34-year-old with a teenage daughter, her potential partner will be asking for senior discounts.

Photo courtesy of Albatross

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