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5 Rules for Women Dating in Their 40s

Dating in your 40s can be a whole new world.

Once you hit that milestone of 40 years old, dating becomes a little bit different. You can still have just as much fun, but there are a few rules you should be sure to follow.

Dating as single women in your 40s can be super fun, contrary to popular belief. While some might lament that you’re getting up there in age and the whole dating thing can become more complex, in reality it’s a perfect opportunity to be meeting people because you’re so comfortable in your own skin.

While there is some etiquette you should probably follow, most people are just looking for a good time or not necessarily thinking about marriage, etc. However, when you begin to date as women over 40, things start to get a little more complicated. So we’ve narrowed down a list of 5 rules for women dating in their 40s, and with these you’ll be well on your way to meeting people and having successful dates.

#1 Know What You Want

When you’re in your 40s, it’s important to know what you’re looking for in a partner. Whether you just want some fun, a marriage, more kids, whatever it is, just make sure you know what that is. Your time is certainly not running out, but your biological clock could be ticking and as a single woman by that age you should know what you’re looking for.

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Do you want a partner who cleans? One who’s interested in your interests? Or do you want someone totally different to you? Knowing what you want out of a partner and a relationship is key and will make the whole process much easier and simpler—as much as it can be.

#2 Be Yourself

Much like dressing your own age, you should not have to pretend to be something you’re not to get the attention of a future partner. When you’re over 40, you should be comfortable in your own skin. Own it! Be who you are and don’t settle. You’ve gotten this far in life as a successful, independent woman, so don’t let a man dictate how you’re going to act or what you do. Being true to yourself at this age is crucial and no one will like someone who pretends to be who they’re not.

#3 Don’t Settle

As mentioned in the previous point about being yourself, also you should never settle. Just because you’re over 40 doesn’t mean you desperately need to find someone immediately. You should be just as picky and choosey, it’s your life and you deserve to be the happiest you can be. Don’t let time dictate over that.

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#4 Dress Your Age

Styles change for women of different ages, the same way styles change by decade. A woman in her 40s should not be wearing super tight, short dresses or mini skirts. Opt instead for classy outfits that look more like a high-powered, strong, independent woman and less like a desperate cry for attention.

#5 Wait To Sleep With Someone

At this point in your life you’re comfortable in your own skin and shouldn’t feel the pressure to sleep with someone. Wait until you know them better and you feel totally comfortable with it.

Dating as women over 40 can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. With these 5 rules for dating in your 40s, you’ll be successful and also staying true to yourself—which are the two most important things you can do. And you might just find a partner as well.