It's one of the toughest decisions to make in any new relationship: When should you introduce your partner to your parents? This is a tricky situation, because you want to make sure the timing is just right. Your new partner meeting your parents can really make or break the relationship, so it's important to do this the right way. So when exactly is the perfect time to introduce your partner to your parents?
In our totally unprofessional opinion, the perfect time to introduce your partner to your parents is… between 1 and 2 months of dating. Yup, that is the sweet spot when it comes to introducing the new boyfriend or girlfriend to your parents. You're probably wondering why we've chosen that specific timeframe, so let us break it down:
You need to have dated someone at least one month before you even think of bringing them home to your family. Meeting the parents is a significant step in the relationship and doing it before the one month mark can be misleading for everyone involved. For starters, you may overwhelm your new partner by doing it too soon. You may also embarrass yourself, if your new partner was thinking the relationship was casual when you have deemed it “meet my parents” serious. It can also mislead your parents if you bring home a person you've only been with for one or two weeks. At that very early stage, there is no way of knowing how long this relationship will last. So you could be introducing your parents to someone that could very well be out of your life in a matter of days.
So we know you should be together for at least one month before meeting each other's parents, but why should you do it before the two month mark? Meeting someone's family is, like we've said several times, significant. Your family is a huge part of who you are. While many people aren't exactly like their parents, most people actually are (whether they like to admit it or not.) Your partner should be able to meet your parents and assess the situation before they are too committed to the relationship. For example, say they meet your parents and find out that both you and your family have certain beliefs they want no part of. They will likely want to cut things off, and they should have the right to do so. Letting them meet your parents before two months of dating gives them the chance to end things before you get too involved.