Being friends first then dating

Mo Kurimbokus, a relationship counsellor, says, 'Think of it like foreplay.

All the time you're being friends, you're learning about each other.

Tell them that you are glad you took the next step and are now dating. You likely know a lot about your friend’s past and also about who they are now.

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