So my ex girlfriend broke up with me about 3 weeks ago. The reason she broke up with me is that she is actually 10 years older than me and has children and she was feeling guilty about "stealing away my chance for a real relationship" since she was my first love and the one who took my virginity. We had been together for 3 years. She said she wanted to remain friends, and I accepted this offer because I didn't know any better. The way she explained it just made it so hard to resist the offer. She was telling me that she still loves me and always wants to be a part of my life, but in a way that she can see me advance and have all the aspects of a true relationship. I soon found out that we were not really friends in the way I had hoped and she was quite cold after the breakup. We go to graduate school together and I see her 4 days a week. I was pretty emotional for a few days until I read about the "no contact rule". I obviously can't employ that since I see her all the time, so I tried the "limited contact rule" instead, just using one word replies to her texts and keeping it school related. After just two days of employing the "limited contact rule", she noticed me talking and laughing with other girls in our class and randomly sent me a text saying "you look very handsome in black" and she winked at me twice today. I just replied "Thank you" and smiled back at her. I question is, if she compliments me again, do I compliment her back? Also, we have Spring Break coming up in a few days, should I switch from "limited contact" to "no contact" during that time?? Any advice would be appreciated!!