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Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. I just think that, at their ages, they cannot possibly have anything in common.
Visit Stack Exchange I have just found out that my 17 year old daughter is going out with a local 25 year old. They haven't shared the same live experiences, they'll soon want different things, etc. I'm concerned that she'll get hurt, pregnant or that, even if they are truly in love, she'll end up growing up too quickly and miss out on things girls her age do like university, traveling, and building a career.
You can not tell her to stop seeing her boyfriend, and you should not warn her from her boyfriend only to be able to tell her "I told you so" when/if things go south.
What you can do, depending on your relationship to her, is to share your concerns, while acknowledging that they are irrational.
He owns his own successful business although he still lives with parents.
I know its only 8 years difference but it's the difference between him being at an age where he must be thinking about starting a family, marriage, etc and her starting out in life. Do I let them get on with it or should I try to explain my above concerns at the risk of pushing them together?
Assuming your daughter is at least average maturity for her age, and there are no other worrying signs, I wouldn't worry too much. Your daughter is, as you point out, an adult with all that entails, including the freedom to make her own mistakes.That way you don't force her to change her life, yet still make her aware of the concerns.Several answers already, but I want to address a couple of your concerns.I was 19 and ran off with a 27 year old woman from America. My mother disowned me and we didn't speak for a year. I was reckless and foolish and as an adult 20 years later I can easily recognize this.My relationship with my wife lasted 16 years and produced 3 lovely children. However, as MY children reach their teenage years I of course see everything from the perspective as a parent.
But at the end of the day, I know at least they are healthy and safe. You might also be concerned if he were 17, given that what you are afraid of (her getting hurt, pregnant, or growing up too quickly, or him being with her just for one reason) can easily happen with a 17 year old boyfriend too.