Starting a new relationship is always a fun and exciting time, and if the relationship gets serious enough, you’ll probably want to introduce your new partner to your family. Whether you’re introducing your partner or you’re the one being introduced, meeting the family can be a nerve-wracking experience.
Everyone wants to make a great first impression, and fortunately there are a few simple things that you can do to make sure the first meeting is successful. Here are some top tips on introducing your new partner to your family.
- Preface Before the Face to Face
This should go without saying, but set clear expectations with your family and your partner about meeting each other. While some surprises are enjoyable, having to meet a significant other’s family without any advance warning may prove disastrous. Before the actual introductions, talk to your partner and your family to set the right expectations.
Part of that conversation should be about what your family and your significant other are like. This can help make introductions easier and can help foster conversation when the time comes. Let your partner know what your family is like, their dynamic, and how to approach them. Tell your family about your new partner’s likes, interests, and personality.
- Prep With Questions
Part of that preface conversation may involve preparing your family or partner with questions to ask. Creating natural conversation is much easier said than done, especially if your new partner is shy. There’s nothing wrong with coming up with a few questions for your partner or your family to ask.
Some easy questions to ask may be:
- What are some of your hobbies?
- What was the last movie you saw or book you read?
- Tell me about a time when…?
It’s often a good idea to avoid immediately discussing careers, because a person is so much more than their job.
- Make it Fun
Introductions can be uncomfortable, but choosing a fun activity can help make conversation natural and will help everyone get used to one another. Choose things that are active and engaging, such as bowling or an outdoor activity. While a dinner may be the most obvious choice, a fun activity allows everyone to make a great first impression.
- Make if Brief
A brief introduction is always best. Whether it’s going better than you could have ever imagined or nobody is getting along, a short introduction is a good way to go. It will give your partner and your family enough time to make first impressions and will leave less room for any missteps.
While it’s very common for a new partner to be uncomfortable meeting your family the first time, your family may also be uncomfortable. Setting up an introduction that’s short and brief may help everyone relax.
- Pick a Neutral Area
Choosing a neutral area or activity will ensure that your partner isn’t intimidated. Going to your family’s home may be the easiest option, but it isn’t necessarily the best option. A neutral area where everyone can take part in a fun activity is the perfect icebreaker and allows everyone to focus on getting to know one another.
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