If you’re a brand-new sugar daddy who’s been dreaming about diving into the sugar bowl for a while now, you’re in excellent company. Sugar dating is the gold standard for many men, especially as they get a little older.

Being a good sugar daddy is about more than having a big wallet, something not actually necessary to be a sought-after sugar daddy. Just a little spoiling and pampering is often all it takes to have a grateful, appreciative sugar baby who is eager to pamper and please you. You also need to be generous with your time and attention so that your new sugar baby feels special and emotionally taken care of.

Fantastic lifestyle changes you’ve wanted for a long time may take some getting used to, and going from traditional dating to life as a sugar daddy is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about making sure the transition is a smooth one.

Give some thought to how to handle your family.

Most, although not all, sugar daddies are men of means who have led full lives in every sense of the word, and there’s a good chance you’re no different. You likely have siblings, relatives, or even aging parents who will have their own opinions about your dating life. You likely even have children from a previous marriage or relationship to consider.

Integrating any new partner into an existing family structure is challenging, but sugar dating takes that challenge to a whole new level, especially if you have children. For that reason, many sugar daddies choose to keep their sugar life separate from their family life, at least until they meet someone they want to get serious about.

However, the right approach will naturally depend on your unique situation. Ultimately, this is your life. You’ve worked hard for what you have, and you deserve to enjoy it. If it’s important to you that your family is in the know as to your love life and your new partner, explain to them how happy you are and ask them to respect your choice. When they see that you genuinely are happier, healthier, and better adjusted, they’ll come around on their own.

Think about your social circle, as well.

Generally speaking, friends are easier to handle than family. They tend to be more open-minded and are less likely to take your personal relationship choices personally. However, you never truly know how other people will react when you make a big, new lifestyle change.

If you have happy friends who are satisfied with their own lives, they’ll probably be happy for you when they see how much you love living in the sugar bowl. But things might be different if any of your friends are currently trapped in bad marriages, unhappily living a single life, or anything similar. Some people are just plain jealous, in general, when they see a friend has hooked up with someone young, brilliant, fun, and gorgeous.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do if you have friends whose minds are made up either way when it comes to sugar dating. But as with family, you have the choice to compartmentalize your sugar life if you’re more comfortable that way. However, you’re also within your rights to ask your friends to respect your choices, whether or not they agree with them.

Prepare for the way your sugar baby will change your life.

It’s not just the other relationships in your life that call for adjustment when you dive into the sugar bowl. Getting used to having a sweet sugar baby around to love and spoil will take some time, as well, especially if you’ve been unlucky in love in the past. Your sugar baby is a unique person in and of herself. The process of getting to know someone new – their likes, dislikes, dreams, and personality quirks – takes a while, but it’s rewarding, as well.

Many new sugar daddies have been single for a long time before trying sugar dating. Others are just getting out of marriages or long-term relationships that they’ve been in for many years. And then, suddenly, there’s this beautiful, bubbly, young girl lighting up the room with her smile and wanting to spend her time with you. You might almost feel like you have to get used to dating all over again, and that’s normal.

Although it may sound strange, it can take just as long to adjust to happy life changes as any other type. Be patient with yourself, as well as with your sugar baby. And most important of all, be sure to relax and enjoy the ride. A new sugar life can feel like an incredible dream come true so much of the time. But the best thing is that all it takes to stay that way is a little adjustment. So don’t be afraid to embrace your new life, you’ll be glad you did.