Is meeting the parents just a thing of the past?


With the holidays slowly approaching, I’m reminded of a romantic comedy movie titled “Meet the Parents.” This 2000 film is a remake of the 1992 original with the same title. For those of you that have not seen the movie, the 30 thousand ft. view went something like this:  The man of the relationship decides that the time has come to get serious with his girlfriend. With the proposal set in his mind, he decides that the ideal way to propose is during the weekend trip to her parents’ house in support of her sister’s outdoor wedding event. Instead, the weekend turns into an onslaught of nightmares due to misunderstanding and miscommunications between the couple and her parents resulting in the man being shunned out by his girlfriend and her family. At some point in the revised 2006 movie, the couple makes up and her parents decides that it’s time to meet the man’s parents.  While this movie creates extremely outrageous examples, it does beg the question, is meeting your partner’s parents still a “thing” today.  Does it matter to you or your partner based on your culture? Are the ways of the old traditions of asking the parent’s permission to allow you the opportunity to grow with your partner still relevant? If you’re already serious in your relationship, and have not thought about this yet, it may be a good time to understand each other’s view about what meeting the parents may mean for each of you. Knowing this ahead of time, is a good way to ensure that if and when that time comes, you’re ready.

Is this serious? Acknowledging your relationship beyond dating


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If you’re asking yourself this question, it’s a good sign that you’re curious to know your next step. In today’s modern dating, access to helping you solve this question often gets diluted from websites giving you a range of 20 to 100 things to consider if your serious about taking your relationship to the next level. Instead, we’ll just cut right to the chase and tell you what to consider from a man and woman’s point of view.

It’s really a question about your comfort level with your ‘Relationship Status.” A rule of thumb to consider is your loyalty to your partner in these terms “You’re their only person in this relationship, and they’re yours.” If you’re both find with that, Congratulations! You’re both now in an exclusive relationship! From a man’s point of view, this means asking yourself the simple question, can you see yourself committed to “JUST” your partner. Simple right? I’m not intending to make it sound negative, but over complicating it will not help you or your partner. And just in case you’re still not sure, this means no fooling around with any other person. If it deems worthy of cheating in your mind, most likely, it probably is.

From a woman’s point of view, it’s really a matter of accepting the opinions of those around you viewing you both as an “ITEM”, and no longer available on the market. For example, let’s say your partner says they want to take it slow and see what happens. From a woman’s perspective, this means that she’s yours “UNTIL” she finds someone that’s looking for something more to offer. If you’re ready to commit, do so, or else you may lose her to another prospect without even realizing it.

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