Signs your dating relationship is over
'Do you think God is punishing me for having sex with a man 20 years younger than me?' This was the question I asked a close friend when I was about to file for bankruptcy back in 2011.Jennifer has been fighting her parents, Anne and Charles, for custody of her 6-year-old daughter and claims they are "out to get her". They say Jennifer is irresponsible and incapable of being a good mother, and she needs help getting her life back on track. "Communication is so essential to a relationship, that the lack thereof can be a sign that the relationship is on its way out," says Rachel De Alto, relationship and flirting expert (Theflirtexpert.com).I was 55-years-old, and yet my Christian upbringing still had a stranglehold on my sexuality.Recent conversations with Millennials and 30-somethings have made me feel even better about my age and lucky to have spent my Millennial dating years pre-internet, well before the current awfulness of online 'hooking-up'.
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