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The following 10 dating commandments for single ladies can help you start off smoothly on the right foot in any new relationship. Keep them in mind as you begin dating, to guarantee a healthy love life from the very start.
The first dating commandment is to remain responsible and stick to plans you commit to. Don’t stand someone up unless there is some type of family emergency that you really can’t avoid. Also, just because you are having a bad date, doesn't mean you can just leave the bar or restaurant and ditch the poor guy. Being dumped mid-date is the quickest and worst way to crush a man's ego, and he may never want to see or talk to you again. Unless you are afraid for your life or personal safety, at least hang in there until the end of the date.
The second commandment is that you must return your calls in a timely fashion. When a handsome young man gives you a ring and you can't pick up, call him back within the next day or so. Waiting two days will make him nervous, but is expected. Waiting three days is pushing your luck, and may give you a reputation as a game player. It will also pretty much guarantee that you will never get a second call unless you can provide an honest reason for your delay.
The third commandment is to let the man be the one who asks you to go out. While the rule might be old fashioned, it still holds true and will show your crush that you have options and are in no rush to be taken out. This holds true to the first date only - once your crush has asserted his manhood by asking you out on the first date, feel free to take the reins.
The fourth commandment is to let the past stay in the past. Do not dredge up talk about your ex or his during the first couple of dates. After you’ve been in a relationship for a while, this may change, but during those first few dates it is a bad idea to give the appearance of having your mind on another man. As soon as he starts thinking about you with another guy, it is very likely that he will be unable to get this image out of his head, which may limit his future attachment to you.
The fifth commandment is to remain positive and focus on having a good time. Respect the man by not letting your eyes wander as he talks, and by encouraging the flow of the conversation by taking a true interest in him. If you are the kind of person who is pathologically unable to go ten minutes without checking the time or glancing at Facebook on your Smartphone during every conversational lull, stifle the urge by switching your phone off or leaving it in the car. No man likes to play second fiddle to a PDA.
The sixth commandment is to make sure that you don’t drink more than you should due to nerves or a desire to impress. While you want to be a little relaxed, you don’t want to become so intoxicated that you either leap at the poor man and make a fool out of yourself, or fall flat on your face. One martini is classy. Being so nervous that you down a whole bottle of Jack Daniels and fall off your bar stool is not.
The seventh commandment is that you should never date someone for the money they have and what they can offer you in terms of material goods. It is unfair to both of you, and if those are your values in life, then you shouldn't expect to ever find true, genuine love. They say that a fool and his money are soon parted. So if you make a fool of a man by dating or marrying him for his money, you will find yourself stuck in an empty relationship, should your new beau have some financial misfortune and lose all this riches overnight. If it can happen, it will.
The eighth commandment is that you should always try to behave in a well mannered and professional way. Always be courteous to your date, and don't hog the conversation if he is shy or nervous. Say 'please' and 'thank you', let him open car doors for you and pull out your seat, and remember that a first date is like a job interview. If your date spots any red flags during your first few hours together, you may not get a second chance.
The ninth commandment is that you need to be sincere in your actions and show interest in the things he likes. Show him that you care and even if you know the date isn't going anywhere, still treat him with respect by getting to know him as a person, not just as a potential suitor. If nothing comes of your relationship, you can still end up with a new friend.
The tenth commandment is that the physical contact should be limited. Do not be too touchy or grabby on a first or second date, even if you really like him. Most men like to be the one who initiates physical contact, and may feel threatened by a woman who makes all the first moves.
The bottom line is that if you treat your date with the same respect you'd have for yourself, you'll be sure to attract a true gentleman.
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