Types and stages of dating


Here's what it all means: In the grand scheme of a long-term relationship, three months is fast.

When you say “I love you” at this time, it’s like saying I love this novelty in my life — like I love this season’s new handbag.

Preteens and older are able to have romantic relationships.

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There’s still the bit of uncertainty behind it — will my heart be broken? Anything under six months can be fleeting, which makes this “I love you” even more exciting. Whether it's playfully thrown out during a silly moment or softly whispered cuddled under the covers, when you say “I love you” at this stage, you really mean, You had your first big, blowout fight and afterwards came the “I love yous” and the realization that you're committed to caring for this person — not arguing with him/her. Holding each other closely, wrapped up in more than just each other's arms, when you're saying “I love you” you're really saying, “You're not alone.”Your love story is no longer limited to how you met and all the past events, now it's including what you hope for in the future.

This “I love you” isn't about who won, it's recognizing you don't want to lose him/her. You both understand that disputes will happen, you'll inevitably take different sides, but this love is strong enough to bring you back together. You say “I love you” to indicate “I love what we are, and I'm going to love what is to come.”You are confident that as long as you're together, what lies ahead can't be that scary. You want to build more than just a relationship together.

There are stages, uphill climbs, breezy trails, slippery slopes and everything in between.

When you say “I love you” for the first time, it has a very different meaning than when you say it one year into the relationship (or even past that point).

You’re trusting of your partner now and ready to try new moves in the bedroom that you wouldn’t be comfortable doing with someone whom you didn’t love.