1. Make sure you're together for the right reasonsFor an age gap relationship to be successful, it needs to exist for the right reasons. You need to be on equal footing to one another. For example, one partner shouldn't be latching onto the other for a father figure to look up to or a toyboy to mother. Like any relationship, it works best if there is some common ground to bind you together. Any relationship can fall apart if you've got little in common but relationship experts tend to agree that this is more likely in an age gap relationship because you're less likely to have common interests than with someone closer to you in age. "Age gap relationships can bring developmental differences that are difficult to overcome," warns relationship expert, Amanda Kane. "Finding common ground on which to build a real relationship can be tough."
2. Be prepared for criticism and disapprovalIf you're in an age gap relationship, you may well have already come up against opposition from family and friends who can't understand your decision. Even if you're blissfully happy, it's likely that the people around you won't be able to see beyond the age gap and will automatically assume that the relationship can't last. "Outsiders definitely judge age gap relationships," says Kane. "They are fascinated by the chemistry that fuels the couple."
If you're confident that your relationship is the real deal, all you can do is give it time and hope that they come to accept the relationship. Don't rise to the bait -- no matter how heated the criticism and disapproval may be -- as this can sour relations between you in the future.