Just as your relationship with your parents is more than likely pretty important to you, your partner's relationship with your parents is also critical to having a strong, healthy relationship. If your parents do not get along with your partner, or do not know him or her well, this could put unnecessary strain on your relationship and lead to its demise. When your partner means the world to you, you want to make sure that your family thinks highly of him or her as well. Starting off on the right foot is key to building a good relationship between your family and the love of your life.

Tell your family a little bit about your partner before they meet each other. Telling his or her whole life story is unnecessary; simple tidbits such as career path and a few hobbies will suffice. These details will give your family a jumping off point with your partner for conversations and also give them an idea of what to expect before meeting them. Additionally, brief your parents on any of your partner's features that your parents may be alarmed by, such as shocking hair color or a visible tattoo, to avoid any potential embarrassment during introductions.

Talk your partner up to your family before they meet. Tell them why you love him or her, about your partner's new job promotion, how he or she loves animals so much that they volunteer at a shelter once a week--anything you find great about your partner that you want your family to appreciate too. Your family only wants the best for you and therefore may be very judgmental about who you date. Show them that they should like and appreciate your partner because he or she really is a good person.

Inform your partner on your family's basic beliefs. Political standpoint and religious affiliation and beliefs are strongly held views that your partner should not challenge when first meeting your family. Explain to your partner that you are not attempting to sensor him or her; instead you are laying the groundwork for pleasant conversation.

Introduce your partner to your family in an environment that is comfortable for both parties. Possible locations include your house or apartment, a nearby park or a favorite restaurant. A neutral location will eliminate any feelings of invading space or territory.

Encourage conversation that both your partner and family members can relate to. Similarities help people bond so introduce like activities or interests that can spark a conversation. Table talk will flow much easier if both parties are interested in the subject.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Alexandria offers relationship advice for men and women of all ages, and in all stages of life. Regardless of if you are newly single, a dating veteran or married, you'll surely find useful tips to help you find love, navigate through your relationship and build stronger, long-lasting relationships. Follow Brooke on her journey through relationships at http://truth-about-relationships.blogspot.com.