When a relationship is going well, at some point you may decide to introduce your significant other to your parents. But how soon is too soon for meeting the parents? Are there things you can do to make sure the meeting goes well? Are there things your significant other can do?
When to Meet the Parents
There really is no steadfast answer as to when to have your significant other “meet the parents”. There are however, a few things to consider:
Don’t introduce someone you are casually dating to your parents. If you are not officially in a relationship with the person then an introduction to the parents could be detrimental in two ways:
- You simply can’t introduce everyone you casually date to your family. This would result in a revolving door of casual introductions. Your family may stop taking your introductions seriously. Imagine your mom at the front door yelling “Another one” in her DJ Khaled voice.
- The other reason you shouldn’t introduce your casual dating buddy to our family is because it sends a confusing message to the person you’re dating. Are we or aren’t we casual? If you want to keep things casual then parental introductions are saying the opposite of that. And if you want to get more serious, a parental introduction is putting the cart before the horse. Don’t scare your casual dating partner away. Give the relationship time to become a relationship first. Are Your Dating Expectations Too High?