Hitting the dating scene in your fifth decade can feel so complicated. After all, there are likely to be children in the picture, and behind every potential partner is a sheer lifetime of romantic experience and a much, much longer trail of exes. But we'd argue that none of this is a bad thing. In fact, if you're dating as a forty-something, you're guaranteed to be wiser, better at dating, better at knowing what you want, and a lot less impulsive and sensitive to rejection. That said, if you're recently single for the first time in a long time, you may not know where to begin. So we tapped dating experts and compiled the very best dating tips for women on the cusp of middle age, which you'll find right here.
In college I studied Computer Science and forgot how to talk to women. As the only straight woman within reach, I soon became the de facto dating consultant for my male friends, despite my waning expertise. But what I soon realized was that sometimes the best way to date is to go off script. We had more important things to worry about, like the alarming decay rate of our attractiveness. If we graduated without a future husband in tow, the men in our class would forgo us for younger, dumber women.
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