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A down-side to dating a mama’s boy is having a third person in the relationship: his mother.

Dating a mama’s boy is definitely one of the largest trials in a relationship. Might be that he spends his weeknights being tended to by mama, evident by creases in his jeans that he has never sent off to the dry cleaners. Tupperware containers filled with meals labeled by the day of the week could mean something beside OCD. In your relationship, you probably think it’s cute, even sweet that he takes such good care of his mother.

As time goes on though you will realize that the obsession becomes a little weird.

Dating a mama’s boy can have its advantages, but it can also have its challenges.

A man’s close relationship to his mom can cause some problems in your romance with him if you’re not ready to accept the dynamics of their mother-son relationship.

A close mother-son relationship should not be a concern unless he and his mother have not set healthy boundaries in their relationship.

Your boyfriend’s attachment to his mom may be unhealthy if he to seeks her approval for everything and if he depends on her daily.You might feel like the odd one out or the third-wheel in your own relationship.Psychologist Debra Mandel refers to some mama’s boys as “pseudo-husbands” to their moms, which may mean your man will prioritize his commitments to his mom over his commitments to you.They would be a sure way to tell whether or not you are under the “mama’s boy” spell or not.However, if you are dating a man, that should have or could have been married ten times already and isn’t, your radar should be blinking.But when the big reveal comes…it is insidious and can completely make the ‘other women’ in their life feel manipulated and powerless against the looming power of Mama!The best advice is to look for the signs while you are dating, to ensure that your man is not an undercover mama’s boy. Look for signs that he is calling his mother when he is not with you. But if your man seems to disappear just to dial his mother, when he knows you are out of ear shot – you can bet he is a mama’s boy. If you know your man isn’t the particularly neat and tidy kind, but his house is impeccable and he doesn’t have a maid – watch out. Hidden among a sea of handsome, intelligent and successful men are Diary of a Wimpy Kid boys that cannot make a move without their mama. Broad shoulders, receding hairlines, and the marks of wisdom and maturity.But on the inside, they are cowardly little poodles that cannot withstand or pull free from the stranglehold that is their mother.This could be frustrating, because he will always side with his mother over you if there are any disagreements or criticisms, says Mandel.Sarah Casimong is a Vancouver-based writer with a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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