When it comes to dating, I get the impression that everyone is constantly looking for cues that will indicate what to do next. You want the universe, tarot card readers, and horoscopes to all agree that this person is the one for you or that you should confess your love to them. Before you make any significant decisions, you need to see clear, blinking indications that you’re ready to introduce your partner to your parents, friends, or the dog walker. There is a Friends episode that makes fun of this concept. While celebrating their first anniversary in Vegas, Monica and Chandler decide against getting married and instead leave it to fate. Almost all the signs point to them getting married, but neither Monica nor Chandler are at ease or ready for it. Of course, neither of them want to acknowledge this. due to sitcoms.) They ultimately opt to ignore the warnings and move at their own pace, which, as we all know, benefits the couple. The lesson of the story is that the best (and only) indicator of whether you’re prepared to move forward in a relationship is how comfortable you are. However, it doesn’t always feel that straightforward in more complex situations, such as meeting the parents (where family dynamics and other people’s comfort come into play). To find out what some real, observable signs are that you’re ready to meet the family, I spoke with a few dating and relationship experts. According to experts, there are four signs that could indicate that the time has come.