Shelly asks:

Hi, I’ve recently been having some trouble with my boyfriend when it comes to him meeting my parents. We’ve been together for 6 months and were originally dating for 7 months prior to that. I’m 19 and he’s 27 and I’ve met his brothers, but I’ve not got around to meeting his parents, but it’s something I’m totally comfortable doing. When I bring up him meeting my parents he brings up that he has anxiety; and would rather we just bumped into them on the street as the first time they meet, rather than going out to eat. This is a fine idea hypothetically, but I can’t think of any time when we’d all be in the same place without dragging him somewhere to meet them and they all be oblivious to what I’ve set up. I just need some advice on where would be the best place for them to meet for the first time?? Thanks

Our Resident Real Fairy Godmother Michelle Zelli says:

I've met his brothers but not got around to meeting his parents

I've met his brothers but not got around to meeting his parents

Dear Shelly,

It’s not unusual for ‘meet your parents’ arrangements to cause angst. Your boyfriend is setting up expectations of being judged and falling short, I wonder if he’s concerned they do not approve of him, or the age gap? Perhaps a formal meeting is too much but you could explain to your folks the dilemma and ask if they would be willing to arrange to ‘bump into’ you in your local coffee shop or pub. Being honest with both your boyfriend and your parents and explaining how important it is to you, could naturally result in both parties feeling relieved to meet in a relaxed and easy way. They might be eager to get to know the man you’re dating and pave the way for future meetings, once the ice has been broken. Enjoy, relax and have fun!

Michelle Zelli 

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