” When Olive and I were in this stage of dating, we found it helpful to give ourselves a time frame so that our decision-making process would not drag on forever.
Dating after Marriage Goal: Growth If you do end up getting engaged and married, you will (hopefully) continue dating.
Some couples will introduce each other to the important people in their life: parents, family, friends, mentors, spiritual community, etc. Some couples will try living together (the pros and cons of doing this are an entirely different blog post, and we are looking for someone to write intelligently about this so if you are interested in doing this, please let us know).
Some couples find it helpful to go to pre-engagement counselling. If you are in a courtship, you should be asking yourself, “What do I need to know about her and what does she need to know about me to be able to make this decision about marriage?
Dating for Fun Goal: Enjoyment This type of dating is the no-strings-attached type of dating. That purpose is for you and her to get to know each other, to see if you both want to move into a more serious relationship.
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When a friend tells me that he or she is dating, I usually ask them to explain what exactly they mean by the word “dating.” When they give me a blank stare, I prompt them by asking: Is it casual dating? But at this stage of dating, they are not ready to pick up and move to the other person’s city. Courtship) Goal: Making a yes or no decision about marriage The old-fashioned name of this type of dating is called “courtship.” During courtship, a couple gets to know each other for the purpose of deciding whether they should get married or not.