When embarking on a new romantic relationship, there are several key milestones that need careful planning and navigations. These include meeting the friends, becoming exclusive, and most nerve-wracking of all, meeting the parents. Whether she is meeting yours, or you are meeting hers, the pressure is on to make the right impression. The stakes are even higher when you and your partner come from different backgrounds so getting the timing of this first meeting is extremely important.

So how do you know when it is the right time? Read on for a selection of tips that will help you know when the time is right.

meet the parentsYou Are Officially Exclusive

There is absolutely no point in going through the motions of meeting each other’s parents if you are not exclusive and completely faithfully committed to each other. When you both decide to become a couple, forsaking all others, it signifies a big step in your relationship and would be a good time for you to think about meeting the folks.

You Are Talking About the Future

Making long term plans for holidays, moving in together or anything else that involves “us” or “we” instead of just you. Once your mindset has changed to this, you can be sure it is time to get to know the people who created your partner and vice versa. Meet the parents only when you feel like the relationship has gotten serious.

You have met Each Other’s Friends

That can be just as nerve-wracking as meeting the parents but can also be used as a good practice run. Seeing how your partner interacts with your friendship group will give you a key indication of how they will act around your parents.

Everyone is Comfortable With the Idea

If you mention your plan to your significant other and a look of terror crosses their face, perhaps it is a little too soon. Broach the subject beforehand with your parents as well and ensure that they think the timing is appropriate. With a situation like this, it is imperative that everyone is relaxed and happy to ensure minimal awkwardness at all times.

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