“Before I introduce a guy to my family and vise versa,” says Faye, 28. “I make sure that we not only discussed our relationship status, but that we have an idea of what we want out of the arrangement long-term.”
Visit the following questions pre-omelets with Mom and Dad: Are you two boyfriend and girlfriend (aka, “offish”)? Dating with the end goal of moving in together? Getting married? Spawning children? If it feels too soon to have “the talk” with the person you’re dating, it may be too soon for a parental introduction, too.
Pinpoint common interests
It’s a simple concept: when people have something in common, they’re more likely to enjoy each other’s company. And here are three humans that you know well and care about, so find something your SO has in common with each of your parents and tip him off on that. If he shares a love for golf with Dad and Mom’s home state of Connecticut, everyone will benefit from him sliding birdies and nutmeg into the convo early on.
“The girl I’m seeing told me how much her mom loves books,” says Mike, 27. “When we met, I brought up what I was currently reading and it turns out we have the same favorite author. The common ground made a great starting point for easy-flowing conversation.”