by DEBRA MONTANDON
There are many important decisions one will make in life, and picking the right mate ranks at the top.
It seems that today so many kids are encouraged to start liking the opposite sex so young. You can hear any parents ask, “Is he your boyfriend? Or do you like him/her?” I was blessed that my parents encouraged me to not rush that. Enjoy just being a kid, they said.
When I was raising my sons, I taught them the same words of wisdom.
It breaks my heart when I see men and women around 30 years of age breaking up families with divorce. Getting a divorce not long after getting married is so hard on the children.
So, what can be done to avoid that heartbreak? There are several things that can be done to decrease the divorce rate.
Don’t start dating so young. This starts the hormones racing worse than normal. You have plenty of time in your adult life to date. Use your childhood to take in this amazing journey called life. Don’t look for a happy life in another person. Work at being wholly happy on your own.
When you start dating, date long enough to see them in tough situations. When you rush into marriage or a committed relationship, you don’t get to see them at their worst, and that will bug you later.
Life will be so much better when you are not sucking the life out of the other person. If you date the wrong one, there are some red flags to watch out for.
One big red flag is if you fight all the time. You will make yourself sick. If you have kids, they will not be healthy either. An ugly divorce will most likely be in your future.
Another red flag is the feeling of being “ignored.” He/she doesn’t like to be friendly or cordial. This will set the marriage up for infidelity.
If he/she gives attention to the opposite sex in a “too friendly way,” it will cause jealousy and lots of fights.
Sometimes people are too needy. They need reinforcement of the relationship all the time. This will get “old” fast.
Marriage is about a partnership. If one side is always first, there will be resentment.
When you are in public, does he/she hold your hand, or does he keep his distance? This is a big red flag, because he/she could be ashamed to be seen in public with you.
Another big red flag is when you are in public, do their eyes wonder to the opposite sex, or is their attention on you?
Ask yourself these questions: Is he nice? Is he kind? Is she thoughtful? Is she patient? Does he think of himself first all the time? Listen and trust your heart.
Another question that you need to ask yourself often, and be open to the truth, is “Does his actions match his words?”
Don’t pursue the male. He was created to do the pursuing. If he doesn’t pursue you, he is not “into” you. I promise you do not want to be with someone who doesn’t want you. If he lets you do all the work to stay in touch, he is letting you know how little he thinks of you, or how lazy he will be. It is a lonely life if you get him.
When he catches you, it will be so much better.