DON’T pick up the pace. Let events take their time and don’t rush through the various phases of dating, such as the first kiss, or the first time you say ‘I love you’, or having that first exciting sexual connection or sleep over. Remember there is nothing wrong with taking things slowly as if your partner is not going to vanish. And if they do, then they are not worth a second thought.
DO take your time – it’s your relationship too so don’t allow your partner to dictate the pace if you feel uncomfortable.