I met my part­ner’s par­ents and now he wants to meet mine. I’m not ready for that just yet, but how do I tell him with­out him feel­ing like I’m not se­ri­ous about us?

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We to­tally see your dilemma. He probs just wants a re­cip­ro­cal meet­ing to get a feel for how se­ri­ous you both are about the fu­ture be­cause, af­ter all, peo­ple come with their fam­i­lies. So be hon­est: tell him it will hap­pen as soon as you are com­fort­able, but you’re not quite there yet. Re­as­sure him that it’s not about him but rather the fact your par­ents aren’t as re­laxed as his folks and they’ll make the whole thing kinda awk­ward (or what­ever your con­cern is). That said, you’ll have to work to­wards this hap­pen­ing at some stage. The best way to get pre­pared? Be open and hon­est with your folks about your re­la­tion­ship, so they’re as chilled as they’ll ever be by meet­ing time. Then what hap­pens, hap­pens. Ul­ti­mately, you can­not con­trol the out­comes, but you can do your best to man­age both your bloke’s and your par­ents’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

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