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How do I tell my parents about my boyfriend

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How do i tell my parents i have a boyfriend im nervous how they will react and i feel embarrased to talk about things like that what do i do


Hello, thanks for reaching to us at Ask Alex,
First of all, it’s completely natural to feel nervous about talking to your parents about having a boyfriend, especially if it’s the first time. It’s a big step, and it’s understandable that you might be worried about their reaction. Remember, your feelings are real, and it’s okay to be a bit embarrassed about discussing personal matters.
One way to approach this conversation is to choose a time when your parents are relaxed and not busy with other things. Find a quiet moment when you can sit down with them, and calmly let them know your feelings. Be honest and open about your relationship, emphasising how much your boyfriend means to you.
If you’re concerned about how your parents might react, it can be helpful to share some positive characteristics about your boyfriend, such as his qualities and how he treats you. This can give your parents a better understanding of why you want to introduce him into your life. Remember, communication is key, and your parents likely want what’s best for you. They might surprise you with their understanding and support. 
The Childline Team are waiting for you to get in touch if you would like to chat before talking to your parents. We are open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us free by phone at 1800 66 66 66, or by Live Chat at You are never alone; we are here for you to support you and explore your options with you, like practicing what you might say.
Best of luck with this conversation, and remember that you have Childline available whenever you need us.
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