Men and women end up dating for a whole lot of reasons. While some date for love, others date strictly for convenience. In fact, there’re many cases where men date women 30 years older younger than them. Again, this may be because of genuine love or convenience.

Their reasons for dating aside, there’re always specific common attributes appear to be synonymous with relationships with such age differences. Without further ado, here are common things you’ll need to know about dating a man 30 years older than you:

An older man is more likely to be chivalrous

The only reason chivalry is dead is that the young men killed it. But this might not be the case when dating a man who is 20+ years older than you. As the dictum says, old habits die hard. And since older men were born and raised in an era where women were treated like the queens they are, it wouldn’t be strange for him treat you like one. He’ll most likely hold doors and pull chairs for you. Heck, your older man might even write you sweet handwritten poems just to cheer you up a little.

You’ll feel more appreciated when dating an older man

Being constantly appreciated is arguably the best thing about dating an older man. He’ll adore you simply because being with you makes him feel like the younger version of himself. At his age, your man is most likely to have matured. And since part of being mature dictates that he goes for exactly what he wants. This means your older man is with you simply because you are exactly what he wants.

His kids might or might not like you

When dating a man 20 years older than you who also happens to have kids, you’ll have to accept and embrace the fact that his kids might not like you. In some cases, your reception will be warm especially if all his kids want is for their dad to be happy. But if the kids see you as a threat, then it might take years for them to accept you – and that’s not even guaranteed. Some kids might even boycott your anniversary invitations.

Your older man’s ex or exes will hate your guts

When dating an older man who doubles up as a divorcee, you should always be prepared for a serious backlash from the ex-wife, or ex-wives. Jealousy has and will always reign supreme under such circumstance. Therefore, if you love your older man and want to be happy, always avoid his ex-wife or ex-wives at all costs. And in the event of a snafu – which they are highly likely to cause -, then excuse yourself and walk away from the situation. You can simply never win against a bitter woman. And in the spirit of evading confrontation, you can start by NOT inviting the ex or exes to your anniversary celebrations unless you are planning on a backlash.

You’ll always feel powerful and desired

Many young girls dating older men have confessed to feeling powerful and desired. In most cases, that power stems from the older man being so drawn to her youthful beauty to the point of doing just about anything to make her happy. And this will include the constant complimenting, pampering and so on. Simply put, your older man will assume the role of being your knight and shining armor and that’ll make you feel like a powerful little princess.

You’ll be judged

The fact that the bible clearly states that “Thou shalt, not judge” won’t stop the populace from judging you the moment they realize you are dating a man who is 20 years older than you. As unfortunate as it may seem, that’s just how people are. This means you’ll have to develop a tough skin in order to find joy in your relation, whether you’re dating for love or you’re simply gold digging. Cherish every vacation and anniversary like it’s your very last and you’ll find happiness.

An older man can be your lover and mentor

If you’re dating an older man, then expect him to guide you in every aspect of your life. The fact that he’s lived his life and has seen it all makes him the right person to warn you against making innocent mistakes that might end up costing you later in life. It’s also for this reason that most young girls end up dating older men instead of wasting their precious time dating within their seemingly clueless and broke age group.

Expect some sloppy sex

“The older the man, the sloppier the sex.” – Anonymous.  Again, I’m not saying this just to be mean. This is a well-documented fact and I am speaking from a medical point of view. Our bodies weaken with age and for this very reason, it’s quite natural for an older man to seek some libido boost from Viagra or other less popular aphrodisiacs.

His age is likely to show on his body

Dating a man who is 20 years older than you can be fun until he takes all his clothes off or worse, his dentures. In as much as some men in their late forties, fifties or even sixties are still active gym goers, most of them just don’t have it in them anymore. Most men in that age group prefer kicking back, beer in hand and reminisce. And if their favorite pastime is drinking beer and eating beef, then, by all means, expect them to look the part.

You’ll hardly argue

One of the many advantages of dating a man 20 years older than you is that he most certainly understands women. This means he’ll do everything in his power to not only make you happy but also avoid pissing you off. And whenever he makes a mistake, he’ll immediately apologize and make it up to you which will, in turn, avoid arguments.

Expect to travel a lot

As earlier stated, one of the many reasons a man 20 years you’re senior is dating you is none other than to relive his youthful days. And for this reason, escaping with a much younger woman – you – would seem like a brilliant idea. And that’s how you’ll end up traveling a lot. You shouldn’t be surprised when you’ll most probably be celebrating each anniversary in different parts of the world.

He’ll definitely show you off

Your man will, sooner rather than later, start showing you off to the world. Simply put, older men get a kick out of dating younger, and definitely hotter women. So, if the younger, definitely hotter woman happens to you, don’t feel bad. Your older man does this simply because he loves you unconditionally. Showing you off will also boost his ego and make him feel young again. So, the next time he takes you to formal dinners or to celebrate New Year’s or your anniversary in high-end places, make sure you are looking hella good for him.

He’ll introduce you to important people

Dating a man who is 20 years older than you can help your career especially because he is likely to introduce you to his connections. At this age, chances are that he has an impressive, sometimes enviable, resume which automatically translates to having a lot of important people on speed dial. You’ll also get the chance to meet these high-value members of the society when attending those long, boring after parties he’ll keep dragging you to.

You’ll receive competition from your peers

For reasons best known to them, some girls your age will envy your newfound happiness and try to upstage you in your own relationship. All the photos you are constantly posting on Instagram flaunting your lavish anniversary celebrations will get under their skin and you should, therefore, prepare for a backlash, sooner rather than later. Some of these envious girls might even be your friends.

As we’ve already established, dating a man 20 years older than you has its advantages as well as disadvantages. It’s, therefore, a good idea to examine both sides as carefully as possible before making a leap into the unknown. Remember that every relationship is different from the next, meaning your experience dating an older man will be different from the others. And that’s why you shouldn’t get into the relationship blindly because chances are you might end up regretting it later.