In any serious relationship, there comes a time when each of you is going to have to face — I mean, meet — the parents. It's a big milestone because it reaffirms that you're taking things seriously, but it can also be a lot of pressure. You both want to make a good impression and hope that your family loves your partner too. In other words, you want to do it right. The first thing you need to make sure of is that you're both on the same page, because if your partner isn’t ready to meet the family and you force this issue, it could be a disaster.
So how do you know when the timing is right? Like all things in a healthy relationship, it all starts with communication. It's something the two of you should be able to talk about and plan together. If you're both on the same page, this conversation should feel natural, with both of you showing the same level of interest in making the big meet-up happen. But if you bring up the subject and something seems off, it’s time to keep an eye out for red flags your partner isn't ready to meet the family yet. Here's what to look out for, according to relationship experts.