Dating Do’s and Dont’s

So you want to know about dating? Well let me tell you, this is no “Expert’s Guide to Dating,” and you will probably never find one. This is however, a compilation of good advice and life lessons. So hold on tight, and take a ride into the wild world of dating.

It is usually a good idea to get to know someone before you actually date them. Some people choose to go on dates before they actually enter into a serious relationship. This is a healthy stage in a relationship. It is a good time to have fun and really get to know the person that you are interested in. But be sure to let your interest get to know you too. Don’t try to be someone that you‘re not, because in the end someone will end up hurt and disappointed.

After this fun and flirty stage many people actually begin dating. A lot of people are afraid of this step, because they are worried that things will get awkward or too serious. But this is not something that you even need to worry about. Dating doesn’t have to be serious or scary. It is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Focus on being yourself and having fun with the person that you care about. Don’t get caught up in being worried about what you should and should not do; don’t worry about what other people expect you to do. You and your significant other call the shots, no one else. Just focus on being comfortable with yourself and with each other, everything else will follow.

That being said, there are a few tips I think you should keep in mind. The first being: don’t over analyze the situation. (This will often pertain to girls especially, but maybe some of you guys too.) Relax and have fun! Another is, don’t get so consumed with being in a relationship that you forget about other things that matter, for example, your school work. Make sure to set aside time to get work done and then reward yourself by spending time with your honey. One more tip, and this one is important so pay attention: Don’t forget about your friends. Now, don’t you roll your eyes because this seems silly. I have seen too many friendships crumble because of  relationships. Just make sure to find a healthy balance between your sweetie and your friends, and everything will work out splendidly. Most importantly, remember to have fun! (Have I heard that before?) Let this time be a learning experience: learn about yourself and learn about those around you. That is the key to successful dating.

Article by Marilyn Jones
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