When to Introduce Your Partner to Your Parents

by on July 24, 2012

Meeting the ParentsWhen you are in a relationship that you think is about to get serious, you start thinking about introducing your girlfriend or boyfriend to your parents and family. But many may ask when is the right time to introduce my partner to my family? This depends, but take it from my experience, don’t do it after the first date. First dates are great because they give you the chance to learn a lot about the person.

It takes more than one date to get to know somebody. So its always a good idea to make sure that you really like the person before you take that next step in the relationship and introduce them to your parents. After you have been on a couple of dates with your partner you can bring up the idea that you want to introduce them to your family. As far as when is the right time depends on many factors, such as how much chemistry the two of you have and how far away your parents are from you.

If you are out of state or country from where your parents live you want to make sure that he or she may be the one before you begin to set up a meet and greet with the family.

Some precautions that you may want to take prior to your boyfriend or girlfriend meeting your family may be simply telling them everything about them. There names, habits, sense of humor, profession, kids, etc. The more your partner knows about your family before actually meeting them the better. The same story goes both ways, as you family is already going to know a lot about your girlfriend or boyfriend when the time does come to meet up.

It doesn’t have to be awkward and humiliating like in the movie Meet the Parents, which is a bit far fetched throughout the movie, but preparation on both parts will make the face to face introductory part that much easier on everyone.

Keep the plans simple so that your partner has the best chance to make a good first impression. This is one of those instances where a nice dinner would be perfect. It doesn’t have to be out to eat somewhere fancy, it could be at your place or your parents place. This is just the time for your partner to make a good impression on the parents, and with your help you can make sure that they are well aware of what their interests and beliefs are.

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July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I agree, you should wait a while to introduce them to each other. At least until you are sure they are the one for you.

My husband first met my parents on Thanksgiving. My mom was so nervous that she started a kitchen fire from something in the oven. When we arrived, my husband was put to work cleaning off the ash that had spread all over the kitchen. My mom still talks about to this day, and he made quite a good impression because he was so helpful :)
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Neel@Parentedge August 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

Yes, you surely need to wait till you are sure of him/her. Unless you are clear of it you cannot go for it.


Michael Belk November 28, 2012 at 3:58 am

I am from the old school I do not think your partner should meet your parents until you are ready.

It could be 1 week up till 6 months. No need of introducing him/her to family if the relationship does not last.
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