Can a May-December Romance Work

Can a May-December romance work or is it that age really does matter in relationships? May-December romances are relationships in which one of the individuals is significantly older than the other, meaning that one is in the spring of his life while the other is in the winter of her life. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have made it work, so there are proponents for such a relationship. If you want to attempt a May-December romance of your own, there are several things you should first consider.

Can You Handle Criticism?
While it may seem like the perfect romance at first, once your relationship is out in the open, judgments and criticism is inevitable. Expect a lot of questions about why you are together, but don't feel like you have to answer them.

Why the Age Gap?
An older man may seem more responsible or stable and an older woman may seem more confident and independent. On the other hand, if you're dating down in age, you might think a younger man has less emotional baggage and will appreciate you more; you might believe that a younger woman is fresh and exciting. Decide what you're looking for and consider if you could find romance in the same way with someone a similar age.

The Generation Gap
Along with an age difference comes a difference of experiences. Your values and past are all shaped by the world you grow up in. While the younger generation is always text messaging, the older generation may appreciate simplistic forms of communication. Can you change to make a May-December romance work?

Do You Want It to Last?
For some, a May-December romance may just be the perfect romance for a little while. Even though Demi and Ashton got married, many relationships with major age differences only last for a few months or a few years. If you're looking for something long term, make sure you're on the same page with the older or younger party. If you're hoping to have kids for example, that could be a deal breaker. Or consider how old the other party will be when you retire and whether or not that matters to you. 

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