For women in the 21st century, dating a younger man is not the social mistake it used to be. With women looking and feeling younger than ever, there's no reason why you can't date a younger man if you feel you're compatible. When dating younger men, it is important to be secure in your age, be willing to try new things and to be honest about what you're looking for in a relationship.
Own Your Age
When dating a younger guy, you may have moments where the generation gap makes you feel old or uncomfortable, but it's still important to own your age as a woman. If a younger guy is interested in you in the first place, it's not because he expects you to act younger or pretend you're his age. It's okay if you don't share the same taste or opinions in everything, particularly because it gives you the opportunity to introduce each other to new things.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
You can own your age but you shouldn't be unwilling to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. One of the benefits of dating a younger man is that he's young, which means he probably goes to places and participate in activities that you don't. Be open to trying new things with him, even if it means going to a nightclub for the first time in years. You might be surprised at how much fun you have during new experiences.
Be Clear About What You Want
One of the major differences of dating a younger man compared to a man your own age is that you will probably be at different stages in your life. If you know you are not looking for something serious, it's important to make that clear. Depending on your age, you may be past the point of having children and starting a family. If you do embark on a serious relationship with a younger man, discussing these issues beforehand will allow you to make sure you are both on the same page.
Accept Him As He Is
If you are dating a younger man, don't try to be his teacher or transform him into something he's not. Learn to enjoy the younger aspects of his personality, even if you feel he's occasionally immature. You had time to grow and learn from your mistakes, and it's important to give your boyfriend the same opportunity. Avoid giving too much career and life advice; you're his girlfriend, not his mentor.