Introducing Your New Partner to Your Parents

Introducing Your New Partner to Your Parents

Falling in love is amazing. You and the other person talk on the phone for hours, complete each other’s sentences, and give each other butterflies when you see each other in person. Life feels perfect. Could this special someone be “the one?”

Well, before you can spend the rest of your life together, you’ve first got to introduce your new partner to your parents. *Gulp*

There is no denying that introducing new partners to parents can be nerve-wracking. What if they don’t like your new girlfriend? What if your boyfriend doesn’t like them?

Here are some suggestions for making that first meeting go as smoothly and peacefully as possible:

Get Them Primed

Parents are far more likely to give this new person a real chance if they know things are serious between you two. So don’t just show up for dinner one day with your S.O. Do a little prep work by sharing photos and stories of how you met, a recent date, etc. When they know this person really matters to you, they’ll be more apt to come to the meeting with an open mind and heart.

Draft Your Siblings

If you have siblings, introduce your partner to them first. No need to make the meeting a big deal, keep it casual. Take your S.O. with you when you swing by your brother’s place to pick up those golf clubs. Text your sister to have her stop by the diner. If you can show how happy you are to your siblings, they’ll pass this information on to your parents.


Your new partner shouldn’t feel like they are going on a job interview. If they are anxious, worried or nervous, how can they really be themselves? If you are relaxed, they will feel relaxed.

And last but not least, remember that your parents love you and just want what’s best for you. At the end of the day, they just want you to be happy. So don’t be to outraged if they don’t warm up immediately.

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