Introducing Your Date to Your Family

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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After dating a person for a while, you may be wondering when you should introduce him or her to your family. The answer to this question can be difficult as you may not be sure how your family will respond to your new love interest. However, with family gatherings and holiday events occurring throughout the year, you may want to spend a little time with both your partner and your family, and in order to do this, it may be essential for your partner and family members to get to know each other. So, when is the right time to introduce your new partner? Though the answer to this question might be different for everyone, here are some suggestions on how to figure out if the two of you are ready for this next step.

1. The two of you are through the honeymoon phase.

If the two of you have been together long enough to have serious talks and your first fight, you may want to consider taking the next step. You want to spend enough time getting to know your partner before introducing him or her to your family, so any time before the honeymoon phase is over might not be the best time.

2. The two of you have communicated that you are serious.

Make sure both you and your partner see a future with each other. You may not want to introduce just anybody to your family. You want to make sure that your family knows that you are serious about the person that you are with, so communicate with your other half and make sure that you are on the same page about your futures.

3. You have told your family about your intentions.

Try to have a conversation with your family about the potential of them meeting your other half. Doing this ahead of time can help eliminate surprises and prepare them for the situation ahead of time.

Introducing your partner to your family can be stressful, but it can also be a good thing. If your partner and your family know each other then they can all bond, and this may make future family events easier and more comfortable.

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Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue writes lifestyle articles.

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