In any serious relationship, there comes a time when both of you are going to meet each other’s parents. Whether you believe it or not, meeting the parents signifies that the relationship is heading in a serious direction, but it can also be a lot of pressure.
Knowing when to introduce your partner to family and friends can be tough, especially if the relationship is new. So how do you know when the timing is right?
Before throwing your significant other into an awkward interaction, you want to make sure that you’re both on the same page, showing the same level of interest in making the introductions happen.
However, if you bring up the subject and something seems off, it may be a sign that it’s too early to meet the parents. Here are a few other signs.
You can’t answer questions about the relationship
Do you know their birthday? Their favorite food? Do you know enough about each other that there will be no surprises when parents ask?
If the answer is “no”, then you may need some more time in getting to know each other.
They Haven’t Introduced You to Their Friends Yet
Introduction to friends is a better way to test the waters of compatibility than to launch into meeting the family.
Being introduced to your S/O friend group is a big deal because it means they are proud of you and the relationship. When this doesn’t happen, it’s often because your partner is playing the field or not interested in a commitment.
There’s pressure to attend family gatherings
If meeting the parents feels overwhelming, then you may not be ready to take that next step.
Thrusting that new person into a family situation is stressful and could send a budding relationship into a nosedive. Be clear on your own motives and act accordingly.
Not defining the relationship (you’re not exclusive yet)
Aside from considering meeting each other’s families, are you doing other things that serious couples do?
Have you planned vacations together, made any large purchases jointly, or celebrated your holidays together?
If your partner is reluctant to do things that committed long-term couples share, it’s best to hold off for a while on taking them home.
You haven’t been dating long enough
While you may be planning your wedding on date three, your partner may still be wondering what to do on date five.
This one is a no brainer, if you two haven’t been dating for a while hold off.