When I would go away on trips and had my guy take care of my apartment, I always came home to flowers on the table, chocolate or homemade gifts. Besides feeling good together in public, you look great together, too.Even though there have been those people who have judged, you'll be surprised that there are more people on your side than you think.At the end of the day, I need to do what's best for me.

It has its perks and it has its bummer moments, but I think dating up in age is something that women should do at least once in life, even if it doesn’t turn into something serious.

Dating an older man can teach you a lot, especially about yourself (and what you do and don’t want in a partner), but it’s not always the easiest of relationships. Just in case you’re thinking of getting serious with a fella quite a few years older or even decades older than you, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind before you get it crackin’.

In fact, a Boston Globe report went a step further to chart Clooney's age difference history with previous girlfriends, the average being 9.73 years.

What about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who were 16 years apart when they were married?

I never babysat the kids in my neighborhood once; I couldn't relate to kids at all. I would crush on older guys when I was 13, but I really didn't start actually dating an older guy until I was 26; he was 40.

That relationship was fun and short-lived, but what I’ve learned since then has taken me a long way when dating older men.

I started my media career at age 9 at a community TV station and my ambition level went up from there.

I save and invest my money; I've never been married and I have no kids. My father was a businessman who ran a successful chiropractor practice.

There are a lot of ways that you could react to discovering that he has children, but if he truly is the man of your dreams you should be able to have a relationship with him and with his children.

I’m currently in a relationship with a fella the age of my older sister.

Stay in for a couple nights by making dinner and watching a movie and doing one extreme outing during the week, even if it's just for a bit. Born in Minneapolis and living in the Greater Los Angeles area, Kateri Wozny is an award-winning journalist with a background in print, digital, TV and radio news.