As young women, we sometimes want tomake a man commit or trick him into an exclusive relationship. If that’s your mindset, two things will occur: you’ll have a hard time finding a real man and you probably aren’t mature enough to take any relationship to the next level.
In any other case, the transition from friend to lover is anything but smooth. It usually starts out as a guessing game but can be the beginning of something great. If a guy really wants you to himself, he will let you know. And if you’re a gal who likes to take matters into her own hands, consult our top 10 signs of a budding relationship.–Nicole Brown
1. Meeting The Parents
So you’ve been dating for some time and you hang out with his friends. Big deal. A man won’t let you within 10 feet of his parents unless he truly knows that you’re the one. So when this milestone does happen, break out the bubbly and celebrate because this is a huge step in the right direction!
2. Making Your Mark At Home
Remember the glow on Carrie Bradshaw’s face when Mr. Big finally welcomed her and her things into his man cave? This is the moment every potential girlfriend waits for. Sharing can be difficult, but if your man gives you a drawer or a toothbrush on the bathroom sink, things are definitely getting serious.
3. Money Talks
Most people don’t play games when it comes to Ben Franklins. Whether it’s opening a joint bank account, planning a vacation or buying gifts for a friend, pooling your money together is an early sign of trust.
4. Unscheduled Meet-Ups
The moment you go from “What are you doing next week?” to having it be a given that you’ll be together is priceless!
5. A “Just To Talk” Call
You may call each other to confirm a date, make plans or ask a quick question. Instead of hanging up, you opt to stay on just to catch up. This means he actually cares about what you have to say.
6. Seeing Each Other Au Naturel
Maybe you met at a party with dim lighting. Maybe you were able to touch up your makeup in the middle of a hot make-out sesh. The test of a progressing relationship is when both are brave enough to bare all. I’m talking no makeup, hair undone and blotchy skin. Once this milestone is reached, you know the relationship isn’t just skin deep.
7. The Ugly Side of Drunk
You decide to go out for drinks and overindulge on the alcohol. You go home, puke your brains out, get really sad and pass out. If he’s still holding you down in the morning, it’s more than lust.
8. Ex Marks The Spot
Listening to tales of your past–gory details included–means that he cares and wants to avoid those mistakes with you.
9. The First Time You Just Go To Sleep
Let’s keep it real: there’s no sleeping involved during those first few times in bed together. Sharing a bed with someone can be annoying, but if he’s willing to welcome Mr. Sandman without a hook-up, you’re all his.
10. Let’s Stay Together
Being comfortable enough to express discomfort, frustration or sadness is easy. Being committed enough to not run away after is a different story. If he doesn’t head for the hills after an argument, that means he actually wants to be with you.