You date because you wish to see if the person is relationship-material. If he is, you need to make that transition from dating to relationship. The question is, how can this be done? First of all, you need to really assess if you are ready for a serious commitment where you will no longer date other people. If you think you are prepared and have the strength to commit, then you can make a smooth move from dating to having a more serious relationship. To make the relationship healthy and happy, you need to have open communication where honesty and respect play an important part.
If you are ready to have a transition from dating to relationship, you must be sure that your partner is also ready and willing. Prior to asking this from your partner, you should also be prepared for sudden rejection. Your partner may still want to meet other people as he or she may not be ready to commit to you. When you are ready for a rejection, you would be able to handle things strongly and peacefully.
In making a transition from dating to relationship, you should let your partner know this. It can be a scary step but it is an important one to make. In telling this to him, you will make him realize that you are serious about having a commitment and that you would no longer want to date other people. When you inform him, see how he reacts to what you have to say. Check his facial and body reactions. Any sign of discomfort on his part may mean he is not ready, the timing is not right or he feels it is much too early for that yet. Be respectful enough in asking about how he feels about a transition from dating to relationship.
Be ready and accept your partner’s decision.