My friends are usually ok with it, but they don't understand it.
He doesn't really hang out with my friends, because the interests between him and my friends are different. But I don't have a paternal relationship with my bf.
Basically, he's seen things that has damaged relationships, and learned from it.
He definitely knows himself more, and what he wants in a relationship.
lol He's had 2 previous marriages; one when he was in his 20s that lasted 4 years (no children), and another one that last almost 20 years (3 daughters).