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    Ari

    So I’ve gone out in 3 amazing dates with this man I’ve been seeing. He had initiated all 3 dates, has paid as well. He asked me to come over his place for our next “date”. Does anyone think it may be too soon for that? Things have been going so good so far and I really do not want to mess this up. I want to take things slow. Should I decline or go over?

    #786307 Reply

    Caroline

    If you want to take it slow then talk to him tell him that you want to take it slow and don’t let him be in control.
    Don’t do anything you aren’t ready for and take your time if you need it.

    #786310 Reply

    Gail

    I had lots of home dates with the guy I was seeing before it led to bedroom activities. Just be honest about everything with him. Communication is key. As long as you feel safe, then I say, go for it. The home cooked meals I got were so amazing.

    #786326 Reply

    Cass

    Yay for Caroline!

    She’s right. It’s not about what we think is too soon, its about what YOU, OP, thinks is too soon. You should feel relaxed and happy in your decisions- if you feel anxious or unsure, do not move. Also know that when a man is truly interested in you he can’t get enough and you can’t “do” anything wrong – if he’s the type of person who blows you off just because you refuse to go home with him, than he wasn’t worth your time anyway.

    good luck

    #786328 Reply

    Khadija

    How Long have you been seeing this man?

    In my experience I don’t do home dates unless I was 100% comfortable with a guy.
    I find home dates to be personal and intimate.

    In addition oftentimes things can get hot an heavy. If you want to take things slow, say no thanks. Kindly tell him you look forward to seeing his place but, you’d like to hold off on that.

    A guy who really likes you will not be put off by that in any way.

    #786330 Reply

    kaye

    No I wouldn’t accept a home date after just 3 dates….amazing or not! It’s not to say I haven’t but I learned from experience. I made it clear to guys I met online I wasn’t going to be having sex with them after 3, 4, 5, etc dates. Even having made it clear things would still get hot and heavy and I would have to stop them. It’s far too easy to have a couple glasses of wine over dinner and your reservations and boundaries go out the window!

    I dated a guy who was a chef. He wanted to cook for me. He lived about 45 mins away but I agreed since he had come to me for the first 3 dates or so. I got there around 2 and he drug out dinner until 8! It was dark and pouring down raining by then, I had already told him no half a dozen times to spending the night and I finally left and drove home in terrible weather just because I was trying to be nice and wait for the dinner he had been prepping and marinating and working on all day. But in the end I feel he was trying to manipulate me into staying and having sex. I didn’t agree to see him again. p

    It’s just so much easier if you save home dates for later when you are comfortable enough to be intimate together.

    #786333 Reply

    Ari

    @Khadija we have been seeing each other for about 3 weeks next week will be a month. I am going back and fourth on my decision because it seems pretty fast to accept a home date but I do feel very comfortable with him, 0 red flags. He has been nothing but a gentleman. Initiates contact daily, always initiates our outings.

    #786334 Reply

    T from NY

    I don’t think sex can happen “too soon” with a guy who is truly open to a relationship, who’s totally into you and isn’t a misogynist. As written above – it’s what YOU are ready for. Many women feel vulnerable and different in their expectations after sex so put off having it until they are ready. My take is that waiting can indeed weed out men who are just looking for that, but it in no way guarantees a relationship even if you wait 10 dates.

    I recently hit it off with someone quickly, a man who expressed he was looking for the same things as I am – long term etc. I wanted to have sex on the 3rd date but told him I just wasn’t comfortable sleeping with someone who was still swiping on Tinder (where we met) but was also did not know him well enough to call him my bf. Some women may not want to sleep with someone they don’t well enough – but for me – sex is exploration of someone. Anyway. He came up with the idea of not sleeping with, or dating anyone else but we agreed we are not bf-gf yet. We are getting to know each other and that includes sex. It’s working out well and he’s treating me respectfully and contacting me and seeing me daily.

    The point is – each relationship and the people in it — are different. Take some time to reflect what you need and gently, playfully assert it to the guy. If he’s into you it will not scare him away.

    #786335 Reply

    T from NY

    **I meant he is contacting me daily. We don’t see each other every day lol. Good luck!

    #786336 Reply

    mama

    Dear T from NY,
    I’ve seen you give such great advice to posts that it’s really great to see you give an example of following your own advice. Congrats and I hope the dating situation you’re in continues to flow in a positive direction.

    Ari,
    You don’t have to have red flags to redirect the suggestion of a home date. If you’re not comfortable and it’s moving too fast, let him know you’d feel better if you can continue the other types of dates you’re having — or maybe make it a special one that reflects either of your special interests that maybe he shared with you. You can also actually tell him you feel a bit uncomfortable coming to his home and why, and then that will open up the rest of the conversation about both of your expectations.

    Enjoy the journey, how exciting for you! AND T from NY as well! :)

    #786340 Reply

    Khadija

    If you think its too soon decline the home date.
    I think its important to pace dating.

    When I first met my boyfriend I held off on home dates and I don’t regret doing so.

    #786344 Reply

    T from NY

    thank you mama
    oxox

    #786346 Reply

    Lane

    I see nothing wrong with a ‘home date’ as long as you make it clear there will be no hanky panky. All you have to do is ask “what’s the plan” and if its to make dinner and watch a movie, nothing wrong with it as long as you have the will power to keep your pants on. My favorites is when they BBQ and you have a chance to talk without all the public noise or interruptions. If he tries to push something you stand up, thank him for the nice evening, and leave!

    Its expensive dating today so if you don’t want a home date at least offer something less expensive, like a hike and picnic at a local park or something.

    #786349 Reply

    Ames

    How old are you guys and what does he do for a living? Its hard to tell what his intentions are but 3 dates isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things and you probably don’t know him well enough to trust him. He could be wining and dining you and now wants sex. It’s kind of hard to resist hooking up with someone in that scenario..Usually your gut instincts are right so maybe just go with that? Also consider your own safety. Don’t tell him you’re not gonna have sex because first of all that’s awkward and potentially rude if he’s actually genuine. And second if it happens then you’ll look a bit dumb..maybe politely decline and meet in public? If he’s already paid 3x you can go dutch? In my experience home dates turn into booty calls..but its all up to you and your situation etc. Best of luck! :)

    #786351 Reply

    Eilaine

    It’s actually a good test. Talk to him nicely and tell him you need to know him better before to go to his home. See how he reacts. If he’s cool about it and nothing changes between you too, then he might be a good guy. However if you feel uncomfortable or pressured, it’s better to let him go now.

    #786355 Reply

    Ari

    Ames thank you, I feel my gut may be telling me it’s too soon to accept that type of date. We are both in early 30’s.

    I guess my next question is should I pay for our next outing when I suggest somewhere public? I don’t want him thinking I’m using him, but then again isn’t it called courting for a reason, as in the man is supposed to court the woman?

    #786356 Reply

    Ames

    Ari, not knowing you or him it’s hard to tell and I think if he’s a gentleman then he will respect you regardless. Also I think you’re overthinking it. Elaine had a good suggestion above. I think you already know the answer but want validation. Usually your gut is always right. So politely decline and suggest another meeting place or ask him if there is something closer to your place. And no you can go dutch. He could be going in for the 3rd date kill…or whatever I might have made that up but if you don’t trust yourself and like him then play a little hard to get. If he’s only in it for the sex you’ll find out without actually putting out. xoxox

    #786384 Reply

    redcurleysue

    You should pay for one out of 4-5 dates if he makes more money. Stay in public for now and tell him you do not do home dates until you suggest it.

    #786397 Reply

    Ari

    Update: I declined the home date. I told him I felt it’s too soon but that I would still like to see him and spend time as we have been. He said that he understands and that we can still see each other.

    But I can already tell he is acting different. I don’t know if me saying that made him feel as if I am using him or if he felt I am
    not into him. Should I have said “I don’t feel comfortable going over” instead of “It’s too soon?” I am a bit confused now.

    #786399 Reply

    T from NY

    You can’t scare away a guy who is really open to a relationship or who is really into you. Just be calm. Live your life and let him lead. I think it’s unfair when women get angry if I guy is “just looking for sex”. It’s their right to want whatever they want as long as they don’t lie to you or treat you unwell. He could be a very nice guy — but he has a sex drive. He may only want something physical, he may wonder how much you like sex. Men see sex as just another aspect of the relationship. Women see it much differently.

    Sit back. People show you who they are pretty quickly. If he doesn’t make more plans — he just in a different place than you emotionally, or just isn’t your person. That’s what dating is all about.

    #786467 Reply

    Miss_A

    “He said that he understands and that we can still see each other.”

    That sounds passive. Has he asked you out on another date?

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