We married two years later, and had our first daughter 9 months after we married, with my wife still 19.That was 20 years ago, so I can tell you how it turned out.All these subjects can be discussed honestly and with respect.I don't know if it helps, but when I met my girlfriend she was 16 and I was 23, one year later we came together.You are worried about your daughter missing opportunities (travelling, studies).I started dating my wife when she was barely 17, and I was 28.That way you don't force her to change her life, yet still make her aware of the concerns.
The new found love that your daughter has found is fantastically powerful and she is overwhelmed with feelings in so much that nothing else truly matters. He owns his own successful business although he still lives with parents.I know its only 8 years difference but it's the difference between him being at an age where he must be thinking about starting a family, marriage, etc and her starting out in life. Do I let them get on with it or should I try to explain my above concerns at the risk of pushing them together?If the subject of marriage has come up, you can start bargaining of some kind.Ask if they can wait for marriage until she finishes her education.I have just found out that my 17 year old daughter is going out with a local 25 year old. They haven't shared the same live experiences, they'll soon want different things, etc. I'm concerned that she'll get hurt, pregnant or that, even if they are truly in love, she'll end up growing up too quickly and miss out on things girls her age do like university, traveling, and building a career.