What to Do When You Want to Break Up with an Older Man

June 23, 2009 by Nicholl McGuire  
Published in Dating

Finding it difficult to break up with an older man? Article provides tips on doing it in a way that is mature and liberating for you. Written by someone who has been there done that!

You want to an end a relationship with an older man without making him feel that it’s his age that is an issue.  You don’t want to have to hear, “I told you so!” from family and friends, but they told you so.  Now you want to get out of this relationship that you feel is going nowhere so how do you do it?

First, take the time to plan what you are going to say.  Be sure you are speaking from the heart.  Meaning that everything you feel you say so that it’s a clean break without any question.

Next, don’t say anything to your older man about breaking up until you are certain that is what you want to do.  If you are still indecisive about being with him, you don’t want to say something before you are ready otherwise you will appear as if you are playing games.

He may already think you are too young for him and at times immature, but don’t confirm his thoughts by talking in circles when you are ready to make that clean break.  Be direct, straightforward when you speak to him.  Tell your older man friend that you can’t see a future with him and that is the reason why you must end it now.  If you choose to get into details, don’t tell him things like, “Well I was thinking about what my mother said…”  Even if your parents influenced your decision don’t tell him so.  Grown women who make life decisions don’t make them based solely on what people say, they evaluate the situation, they test it, and they see how it works for them.  Then they either embrace the challenge or dismiss it. 

Now he may be critical of you and say mean things.  Expect him to behave like a child because you were his prize trophy.  He may even tell you, “I can find another one like you.”  If so, he will be another woman’s problem, but be grateful that you are free.

You will most likely feel like you made a mistake especially if he supplied you with cash.  He may even use it to keep you under his control.  Tell him you don’t need it, even if you do.  When making a clean break, leave the cash behind too.  Otherwise, you will only make it harder to rid yourself of him and if you should date someone new they won’t like the idea that another man is taking care of you and he won’t like the idea that you are taking his money and buying another man gifts.

Lastly, don’t get his family involved in your break up.  Let him tell them whatever he is going to tell him about the break up.  If you must share any information with them, do it when you are over him.  The last thing you want to do is appear like you are a sniffling little child who is lost without their beloved.

There are older men who will attempt to make you feel small for breaking up with them because their ego is wounded especially if he is one of those who are having a mid-life crisis.  In their minds they are thinking, “Who does this stupid, young girl think she is?”  You see, some older men pride themselves on being one step ahead in relationships and business and if they feel like they are being undermined, deceived or rejected, they will have temper tantrums just like children.  You aren’t a child, so don’t act like one even if he does accuse you of handling matters like one.  What else is he going to say?  You are breaking up with him and if he carries on in the way that was described, be glad you are so over him!

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