<h2?Is it time to move your relationship from casual to exclusive?>
If you have been dating someone for a while and are ready to start making a commitment, it’s time to move to the next step, a true relationship. How do you know when you’ve crossed that line? Sometimes casual dating becomes more serious very quickly, so how can you evaluate the change? When does the switch from dating to an relationship occur? What if you’re prepared to change your status from dating to a relationship, but you don’t know if your partner is ready?
Communicating is an absolute necessity for the success of the relationship. A communications gap doesn’t only undermine the potential of the relationship, it can, and usually will eventually destroy the relationship. Never assume that your partner knows how you feel. People tend to rely heavily on assumptions to communicate. The problem with that is that you can’t be sure if someone’s assumptions are the same as yours, unless you communicate.
Be friends first! Something people often overlook on the quest for a relationship is the importance of truly knowing and understanding someone. If you’re friends with someone–truly friends–then it’s easier to make the switch to an exclusive relationship.
Let it happen naturally. Trying to force a shift from dating to a more serious relationship will always do more harm than good, and if you pressure someone you will actually only end up driving them away. If your partner is initially resistant, drop it for a few weeks and revisit it at another time.
But most important, talk to your partner about their feelings. It’s important to understand where they are in their own emotions so that you both can make the most informed decision. Are they ready to make the relationship more exclusive? Does he or she still want to keep to casual dating? Find out!
*Reposted from http://nottiehottie.over-blog.com/article-moving-from-dating-to-relationship-54202828.html