5 tips for meeting parents when involved in an interracial relationship


Breaking the ice

When meeting the parents, you should attempt to connect beyond race initially. Sports, music and movies are great topics to discuss in the beginning. If you are a man speaking to your lover’s father, talk about your favorite NFL team or thoughts on who will win the Super Bowl. If you are a woman speaking to your lover’s mother, talk about your favorite movies, books or TV shows. It’s a great way for the parents to begin to see you as a person instead of focusing on your race.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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