How to decide once and for all that your man isn't playing games and he's looking for something serious with you.
In the crazy world of dating, sometimes it's hard to separate love from lust. How can you tell if he's in it for the long haul? Here's our list of tell-all signs that shows he is in it for the long haul.
1. He doesn't try to change you
He understands you. He's seen every part of you and he loves you all the same. He accepts your (many) flaws and wouldn't change a thing, for all the money in the world.
2. He supports you
Whether it's your Wednesday night netball game or your stint at karaoke, he's your number one fan. You're never short of a cheer squad, whatever the occasion, and you know that he's got your back, no matter what.
3. He talks about the future
We're not talking about a weekend at the beach or your plans for New Year's Eve. We're thinking about a guy who is seriously committed to a future with you. His attitude when it comes to the future is the perfect indication of where your relationship is headed.
4. He loves kids
Is there anything cuter than a guy holding a baby? We think not. A guy that's in his element at a kid's birthday party is a guy worth holding on to.
5. He gets along with your family
Your dad thinks he's a stand up guy? This says a lot more than you might think it does. Your family's approval is important, and if they get along like two peas in a pod, what more could you ask for?
6. He spoils you
Despite the fact that you've been together a few years now, he never ceases to amaze you. The little treats and surprises say a lot about how your relationship will look 10 years down the track. If he's still spoiling you, you can feel hopeful that you'll be a lucky girl for life.
7. He's not afraid to show how much he loves you
It's important that he doesn't shy away from PDA. We're by no means expecting a passionate kiss mid grocery shop, but if he can express the way he feels about you to his mates and his mum, you know you've got a good thing going.
8. He prioritises you
You're always on his mind. He may head out for a beer with the boys on the odd occasion, but you know that he will be home with some Ben and Jerry's before the night is out. If you come first, it's easy to see that he's serious.
9. He includes you
You're a part of every aspect of his life. He wants you to meet his friends and family and be by his side at everything from a work function to a family dinner.
10. He's not just about the physical side of things
While we all enjoy a little loving, we know how crucial it is for him to be turned on by your mind as well as your body. If there are nights when you sit up talking about the world, or fall asleep in your sweats on his chest, you can be sure that he loves you for more than just your figure.
11. He says sorry
When he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He's not too proud to admit his own flaws and his apologies are evidence of his maturity and empathy – two qualities too good to pass up on.
If you can't wipe the smile off your face, that’s a sure fire sign that you now know for sure that he will be around for a whole lot longer than just for now. Now, don't go dragging him down the aisle. Let him do that in his own time. Just be content in the knowledge that you're one of the lucky ones. You've got yourself a keeper. Our advice: hold on tight!
Words: Sophie Catsoulis