You end up on a date with them, then you get ditched, then you end on a date with them again and then ditched again.
You, my friend, have become their romantic back up. Open stages of dating Before you drown yourself in sorrow for engaging in one too many closed stages of dating, here’s the bright side of dating: the types of dating stages that allow you to potentially progress to matrimonial bliss. If the spark is there, the initial required level of physiological attraction, then this should happen pretty much as soon as you meet.
When you’ve met that special someone that you know you want to spend the rest of your life with, even if you’re only at that staring-starry-eyed-at-each-other-across-a-crowded-room stage, then you’d better prepare yourself for the exciting, but exacerbating, minefield that is the dating game.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, and with the rules of dating changing all the time, nobody can claim they are fully prepared for what comes next.
By now, there should have been enough trust built between you to effect this stage, and with the ambience and wine working its magic only yards away from the bedroom, then anything can happen.
[Read: 9 best foreplay moves to wow your date] #9 Meet the parents. Once you’ve met the parents there are no longer any boundaries or barriers to the relationship.
Re-bounders are easy to get on a date or into the sack, but their hearts and minds are really on other things.
What we’re talking about is a relationship that starts along the right lines, with a bit of chatting and flirting, but turns into a firm friendship situation. Sometimes, people try too hard to be nice, to be seen as a perfect potential partner for the other, but there comes a time in a relationship when you need to step up and take it to a different level.One caveat however: make sure that there are no mistakes made the first time you do meet them.We’ve all heard the stories about the guy who, in an attempt to impress his future in-laws, regales them with a joke about a two-legged dog, just as Old Blue, the much-loved family pet, drags himself into the sitting room separating the embarrassed individual from the stony glares of those he was trying to impress. [Read: 7 signs it’s time to meet the parents] #10 Wedding bells.When they need someone to go to a family party with, so they don’t have to suffer the ignominy of being seen to be single or just someone to be seen around town with, you’re nothing more than arm candy, best supporting actor: not much better thought of than a walking stick. Flirting is an essential first footing into the dating game, and tells you a hell of a lot about the pace you can progress the relationship.
Take note of the other’s responses, and if the flirting is coming on thick and fast, then take it onto the next stage.
If you miss the key moments and signs, then your chance will disappear into the ether and will never present itself again. [Read: 18 clear signs you’re stuck in the friend zone] #4 The rebound.