I have been dating my boyfriend for 1 year and he has not introduced me to his family yet. Do you think that is a sign that he is not serious about me? We don’t live together, and I am 37 years old and my boyfriend is ten years older than I am.
Charlotte, 37
Answered by:
Dating, Commitment Issues & Romance Adviser

Each relationship is unique, and every relationship advances at its own pace. When two people within a relationship are on the same page, they communicate with each other clearly and they decide when and how they want to advance their relationship. That being said, a year of dating is certainly enough time to figure out whether or not you and your partner get along with each other well enough to plan a future together. After one year of dating, you should have a good idea of how you and your boyfriend communicate and whether or not you share similar values. Some people are afraid to introduce their significant others to their families just in case the relationships don’t last, and that possibility could be a reason why your boyfriend hasn’t introduced you to his family yet. Six months to one year is enough time to figure out whether or not a partner is a safe bet to introduce to family members and friends. Let your boyfriend know that you have reservations about moving forward with him because he has not stepped up and shown enough faith in the relationship to introduce you to people who are important to him. If your boyfriend continues to avoid the issue, then you know that he is not serious about taking your relationship to the next level.

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