When he starts dating before you

Before bringing up the proposal conversation, ask yourself these four questions: Can you accept your relationship as it is, and remove/ give-up the expectation of marriage?

Many women are interested in getting married simply because it’s validated by society, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a ring in order to be happy and have children.

Read this question as- are you strong enough to leave?

On one hand creating an ultimatum for your partner rarely motivates romance.

Couples who fell fast in love were engaged after nine months, and married after 18 months.

These couples usually made it to their seventh anniversary before divorcing sometime later.

You are not a used car salesman trying to get rid of shoddy goods.

Currently I co-run a longitudinal study of marriage and family development, started in 2008 and ongoing, and the answers couples gave me about their engagement ranged from several months to several years.

You might even be filling your thoughts with anxiety and frustration about the future of your relationship.

The issue of how long to wait for the ring might be a decision point for you.

Most say living together prior to getting engaged has less promising outcomes, but this might not reflect changing cultural acceptance.

If not, are you ready or willing to take a stand for what you want?

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