I just brought my boyfriend home to meet my family, and I have to say, it's pretty much the most fun thing ever. I mean, watching all these people I love talking and hugging and laughing with each other? It's the best!
It's a big step in the relationship, bringing them home to meet the folks. We all know that. So if you're edging closer to that step with someone, what should you keep in mind?
Do a little bit of prep work for easier conversations.
Make sure you give both your S.O. and your family the down low on each other: family dynamics, taboo topics, political and religious affiliations, dietary restrictions, etc. Then you can be reassured that no arguments or awkward silences break out at dinner.
Keep them from feeling lost.
Your S.O. is likely going to be pretty nervous before meeting your parents. That's totally natural; they want to impress them and not make any big faux pas in front of them. You can do your part by acting as a guide: tell them when to take their shoes off, where to sit, the house rules, etc. They'll definitely appreciate it.
What makes you weird?
My mom and I talk in high pitched voices to each other ALL THE TIME. My boyfriend says we sound like Muppets. Lol. I made sure to prepare him for this, as well as my family's other weird habits... such as being super silly, hugging a lot, and constantly talking about butts (we're mature, I know).
You shouldn't feel like you have to apologize for your family or your S.O. People are people. So what if your family's weird or your S.O. is a bit nervous at first? With any luck, they'll have a looonnggg time to get to know each other. Let your nerves and anticipation go, and have fun! :) These are the stories you'll remember!
Any questions about meeting the family or bringing them home to meet yours? Post them below! :)