Hi All. I've enjoyed reading this forum and gotten a ton of advice from the posts, so first of all...thank you. Now I need some help.
I am what everyone calls a nice guy, in my 40's, childless, dating a girl in her 30's who has a young barely school-age boy. I've found that in my previous life as a divorced guy with no children, my eves were spent doing whatever I wanted. However now that we are cohabitating, I have become more careful with my money as disposible income has fallen somewhat. In short, we find ourselves on most evenings, staying home, watching TV or a movie, or playing games with the little guy. I am sensing that she is getting bored and often asks what I want to do tonight. I know we have to be careful with money so going out every night isn't possible.
I'm curious. For those of you who have been in relationships and living together, is the TV watching or staying in thing the most common thing you do? To me it seems that this would be what happens most often with the occasional evening out. But I get the sense that isn't what she "expects". I say "expects" because we haven't discussed this yet. I was hoping to get a perspective of what is "normal" for these types of situations. Hoping someone can offer some insight. I would prefer not broaching the topic with my gf if I am way off base. I know it may sound like a strange question but she is the first single mom I've dated so the whole experience is new to me.
Thanks for your insights.