Understanding Men – How Do I Handle that He Cancelled Our New Year’s Plans?

Happy New Year!

Dear Ronnie – The Dating Coach

How do I deal with cancellation in my brief long distance relationship?

I had plans for New Years Eve with a guy I met online and have just started dating. Last night he sent me an e-mail which states:

“My sister called last night and invited me to spend New Year’s weekend with her and her family. She moved last year and I haven’t seen her for since last Christmas. I’d like to go, but I don’t feel like we have been dating long enough to take you yet. What do you think? If we don’t go to Charleston that weekend would you want to go sometime in January or February?”

I obviously don’t want to spend time with someone who’d rather be somewhere else. My impulse is to not respond at all, but I don’t want to appear immature or bitter due to personal pride. What should I do/not do in this situation?

Thanks for your help,
Alone for New Year’s Eve Again

Dear Alone,

You say you just started dating, but I’m not sure what that means. Did you have one date? Two or three?

New Year’s Eve is a big night for a new couple. I’m surprised he made plans with you so quickly for this holiday. Or did you suggest it? It’s possible that he had time to think about it and decided it was too much romantic pressure too quickly – he sort of hints at this in his note to you.

Or maybe he’s telling you the simple truth – he wants to see his sister. The third choice is he made plans with someone else. Who can say? There’s no way to know what this means to your relationship, mainly because it’s too soon to tell and you are NOT in a relationship. You just started dating. 

On the plus side, this man is  giving you plenty of notice to plan something else. I think its worth cutting him some slack. If you like him and want to give him a chance, write back to say “No problem.” Then plan something for January. This is particularly true if the New Year plans were your idea.

I know you are disappointed. But as your dating coach, I have to be honest with you and say this should not be a deal breaker so early in your dating journey.

Truth is, I think you are over-reacting. I don’t think what he did is so terrible. He didn’t reject you completely, he just wants to change plans for one night. Let’s not forget he did offer to get together another time. If you’ve had only one date – then your anger is a bit over blown. Sometimes a woman can get prematurely attached to a man and this might be the case here.

Right now, it’s important to be realistic because you just started dating. Dating is the process of collecting information about suitors to see who is worthy of your attention and further investment of your time.

Ask yourself if your anger is balanced with the amount of time you’ve spent together. I understand the disappointment – you were looking forward to a romantic New Year’s Eve. However, at this point, he doesn’t owe you anything.

My inclination is to write him back at the very least to say that you hope he has good holidays and fun with his sister. There’s no harm here in keeping things friendly.

Shifting your perspective about this situation will help you better handle interactions with the next guy and potential future disappointments. The more detached and neutral you can feel, at least for the early stages of dating (4-8 dates), the easier it will be to meet men, date them and connect with one who is right for you.

Please cut the guy some slack on this one and try to relax. Make plans with your girlfriends and have a Happy New Year.

Wishing you love,




Ronnie Ann Ryan – The Dating Coach


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Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. She put her skills from personal development and her spiritual path to work, dating 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to manifesting and midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late to help smart, successful women find love or live an empowered and magical life. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC, is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000s of midlife women with her Love & Magical Life Coach services. She’s the host of the Breathe Love & Magic podcast and has been featured on NBC, ABC, & Fox News, NPR, BBC, eHarmony, MSN.com, and Connecticut Magazine among others. Also, Ronnie is the author of 6 books which are available on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Understanding Men – How Do I Handle that He Cancelled Our New Year’s Plans?”

  1. Most guys I know have their plans set in stone! Change of Plans!?! It’s the end of the world! But, a guy who puts his family first? Pretty cool. Fifty fifty. Myself, I’d be very disappointed since my usual New Years is at a dive bar with galpals or making cookies while watching tv…

  2. The fact that he canceled to spend time with his family over a woman he barely knows is an excellent sign. Shows he has his priorities straight.

    If I were this reader, I’d be suspicious if he threw his family over for a virtual stranger.

    Meet him in January or February and be grateful that he’s been honest and straightforward so far.

    Have a fabulous holiday season in the meantime. Get out. See and be seen!


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