It can be a really big moment in a new relationship when your partner says they want to introduce you to their parents, because they're letting you into their true inner circle. However, with that excitement and feeling of acceptance often comes some major nerves. After all, there's a lot of pressure to make a good first impression. This can be especially challenging if you're shy or have a bit of the old social anxiety. In that case, having a few go-to icebreakers for meeting your partner's family can keep the conversation flowing. They can also help when you inevitably encounter those awkward silences that happen when you're first introduced to someone, but feel extra intense when meeting your partner’s parents.
Icebreakers are essentially just friendly open-ended questions that will engage your partner's family and show that you're also interested in getting to know them better. Plus, they have the bonus of helping you getting to know your partner a little bit better, too. With a good icebreaker, you can settle everyone's nerves and get engaged in a real conversation, which is a great way to ingratiate your partner's family and start building that bond with them. So, if you're planning on meeting your partner's family soon, here are some questions to keep in mind to help break that ice.