Date Like a Grownup examines the impact of loneliness and social obsolescence on men and women in their second single lives and provides punctuating proof that looking for love from a place of isolation is as unwise as grocery shopping on an empty stomach. A USA Book Awards and Next Generation Book Awards finalist, Date Like a Grownup is "a witty and insightful look at dating the second time around," "a refreshing peek into the challenges of building midlife relationships" and "a toolkit for moving past the loneliness toward a relationship built for the future."
Unlike most relationship manuals, this book does NOT guide the reader through game-playing and winning temporary partners. Instead, Ms. Dugan presents a personalized strategy for building a life foundation that facilitates finding and growing a "right fit" relationship. Topics include: effective filtering, social media and online dating, how to avoid isolation and "space-filler" choices and how to strategically begin building a larger social network. Engaging narratives such as "The Percocet Proposal" and "Need Meets Greed" underline specific dating principles outlined in the book and affirm that none of us are immune to bad choices. These real-life outtakes from interviewed men and women are often funny and always insightful.
Ms. Dugan is a speaker, discussion facilitator and connection coach, a writer/advice columnist and frequent media expert on topics related to relationships, dating, connection, combatting isolation and work/family issues. Founder of Cabernet Coaches, a social connection group that encourages and enables women to build bigger relational foundations, Heather is dedicated to high impact, face-to-face friendship as a means of change. Her videos, articles and books promote active enablement, meaningful connection and proactive decision-making with a twist of humor and the affirming good nature of a friend who has traveled the same road.
With at least half of adult population attempting a Do-Over on their most committed relationship--and many getting it wrong yet a second time--Date Like a Grownup provides time-saving truths for the millions of men and women navigating midlife dating.