Couple’s age difference is insignificant
July 20, 2012 1:40PM
Updated: August 22, 2012 6:03AM
Dr. Wallace: I’m a 20-year-old young woman dating a guy who is a mature 18-year-old. My family and friends are constantly giving me a hard time because I’m two years older than he is. I really like Matt, and I know he cares for me very much. He treats me like the lady that I am, and we have great times together. In fact, I would even consider marrying him at an appropriate time in the future.
My dad keeps telling me to find a more mature guy. My older sister constantly “reminds” me that I’m dating a boy, not a man. Sometimes my friends laugh at me and say that I’m “robbing the cradle.” That’s because they are dating guys in their 20s and even 30s.
Matt graduated from high school last month. Please give me your comments.
Salt Lake City
Nameless: The two-year age difference is insignificant. If you were 18 and he happened to be 20, no one would say a word. In fact, they would consider Matt and you an ideal couple. As long as you enjoy being with Matt, continue dating him. Let the snide comments fall on deaf ears. Don’t defend your actions. You don’t have to. Just smile. Eventually, your family and friends will stop making remarks about Matt’s age and start asking you why you are always smiling.
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