Guys: Can you date a lady 12 years or more younger than you with the hope of marrying her?

My husband and I might not have watched many of the same children’s telly programs, but my first boyfriend?

I totally understand the appeal of dating younger men.

doing his A-Levels when I was in year five, at University when I was finishing Primary school and when he got engaged to his first wife I was doing my AS levels. From school, where I would form adoring romantic attachments to members of the teaching staff while my friends lusted over Justin Bieber, to my gap year, where everyone else took off around the world and shagged surf instructors while I stayed in London, going to restaurants and concerts with men who were old enough to be my father.

He had a mortgage, a car and a career before I was even born.

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I always thought that women who dated older men had to have "daddy issues." Not necessarily. This is the first time in my life that I have ever dated anyone considerably older than me. In fact, for a long time when I began dating my partner, I kept asking myself what I was doing with a man so much older than I am. He has worked through (or at least has working through) most of his issues. For instance, he's not worried when I talk to another guy, nor does he care how many pairs of shoes I have.4. Instead, he helps from a desire simply to be attentive and kind.8. This, again, is likely because he has been living longer, has had more experiences and has learned from them. He takes care of me, while allowing me to take care of myself. I need my independence completely, yet he is there for me when I ask for help. We support each other, but allow one another to just be. This marks another one off the checklist (if there was one).11. This is because every time I get upset or throw a tantrum, he doesn't scold me or dump me for it.

Why am I even considering going to dinner with an old guy? He doesn't yell at me for it or tell me how childish I am.

I have no patience with the oft quoted theory that ‘boys mature slower than girls.’ It’s not true.