how to tell your parents you have a boyfriend

How to Tell Your Parents You Have a Boyfriend – 13 Genius Tricks (2021)

Your parents are the most important people in your life. You may have been dating for a while, and you might be feeling ready to tell them that you’re seeing someone special. How can you go about doing this? Well, we’ve got 13 tricks up our sleeves on how to tell your parents you have a boyfriend!

Get the Timing Right

Think about when you’re going to break the news of your relationship when it comes down to it. Make sure it’s during a time when your parents aren’t rushed or stressed! You want to keep the mood as relaxed as possible.

Choose the Best Audience

You might want to tell one parent at a time. If you have one parent who is more understanding than the other, it’s totally ok to break the news separately.

Keep it Simple

It’s not a good idea to be formal or too serious when you break the news. Try keeping it simple! That way your parents will feel more comfortable approaching how they’re feeling as well.

Practice your speech

You might want to run your speech by a friend or family member and practice how you will tell them.

Write it down

There’s something called the generation effect. If you write down your planned speech, you’re much more likely to remember what you’re going to say!

how to tell your parents you have a boyfriend
how to tell your parents you have a boyfriend

If you’re just too nervous, send a text to break the news & invite a conversation

If you’re nervous and don’t want to face your parents or can’t seem to get the words out, sending a text might be just what you need. Texting means that they have time to process how they’re feeling rather than jumping straight into an emotional conversation.

Be open & honest

This is how you’ll build a stronger relationship with your parents. It’s important to be open and honest about how you’re feeling.

Prepare reasons why you’re ready to date

Sometimes, parents won’t be happy when they find out their child is dating because of how it may affect them. Be prepared with reasons as to why you’re ready to date and how the relationship will benefit your life.

Explain how dating fits into your life

It’s important to explain how dating fits into your life. You might think that this is a given, but it could lead to some awkward conversation if you don’t mention how the relationship will affect other areas of your life (work, school).

Have the conversation side by side

Studies have shown that it’s easier to have difficult conversations sitting side-by-side rather than face-to-face. You can do this by having a conversation in the car while sitting next to each other eating dinner.

Invite your parents to get to know him

Inviting your parents to get to know him might be how you can break the news. You and your partner will have time for a conversation without feeling pressure from an immediate response!

Give them his contact details 

If your parents are the type to want more information, give them his contact details. This might make them more comfortable with the idea that you’re going to be spending time with him.

Ask for their blessing

Show your parents that their feelings matter by asking for their blessing. This will make them feel like they’re included in your life.

The Bottom Line

It’s important to remember how amazing you are and how much they love you. You might be feeling nervous about how this conversation will go but it’s only natural that any parent would worry when their child becomes an adult and starts dating.

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