Dating a middle child

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You find yourself making excuses for him, rationalizing his poor choices, and working to see things from his perspective more than your own.

When people do not fully grow up, they farm out the hard work of adulthood to those closest to them.

The “nag” always gets the bad press, but when you look deeper, the nagging is usually the result of someone not taking full responsibility for himself and his actions.

However, just like parenting a teenager, each time you nag you enable his behaviors. When you stop the nagging and try to bring up deeper issues or your deeper needs, he makes a joke, changes the topic, looks at his phone, or turns the tables on you by telling you what you are doing wrong in the relationship.

It can be subtle, but if you are making excuses, stop and reflect on why you’re picking up after a grown man. Talk of children or commitment brings panic to his eyes. And then you immediately see panic and a desire to flee.

Blaming your tactic, you vow to yourself to bring it up more casually next time.

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