Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends By Heather Dugan


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(Transcript)…I even remember what each of us wore. My sister told me the next day that the general consensus amongst the preteens in the neighborhood was that I had “underdressed” for their vicarious experience. Flash forward about 30 years, and it was my first date as an adult single. This time I’m a divorced mom trying to launch a career. I was a little more concerned about camouflaging wrinkles than blemishes. The feelings, though, are so much the same. I remember walking into this crowded restaurant hoping I wouldn’t fall off my heels and looking through the sea of faces for this one guy—in a three-state radius—that eHarmony had decided might fit my unique personality. It was a free trial, but it was a little disheartening. Apparently, it was going to be a difficult thing for me and it was not a match…

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“This was a first for our group; but I doubt our last…obvious from the strong turnout that many of us realize there are numerous speed-bumps and false-starts encountered at this stage of life, but at least we have our many friends from this group, and now Heather’s excellent advice…” Steve




About Date Like a Grownup:

Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt and Advice Between Friends

“Date Like a Grownup” examines the impact of loneliness and social obsolescence on men and women in their second single lives and provides punctuating proof that looking for love from a place of isolation is as unwise as grocery shopping on an empty stomach.

Unlike many other relationship manuals, this book will not guide you through game playing and winning temporary partners. Instead, readers will develop a personalized strategy for building a life foundation that facilitates growing a “right fit” relationship. Topics include: effective filtering, social media and online dating, how to avoid isolation and strategically build a larger social network. Engaging narratives such as “Parking Lot Apology,” “The Percocet Proposal” and “Need Meets Greed” underline specific dating principles outlined in the book and affirm that none of us are immune to bad choices.

And with at least half of the adult population attempting a “do-over” on their most committed
relationship–and many getting it wrong yet a second time–these proven “do’s and don’ts”are first date gold for men and women navigating midlife dating and vicarious entertainment for thankful sideline observers.



Review of Date Like a Grownup (by Heather Dugan)
Review of Date Like a Grownup (by Heather Dugan)
Review of Date Like a Grownup (by Heather Dugan)


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