Although you're worried about how they'll react, you have to tell your parents your girlfriend is pregnant. After the initial shock, they can help you through this difficult and confusing time. When the moment comes, try your best to avoid unnecessary tension by following these tips.
- Prepare yourself. Only you truly know how your parents would react, so figure out the best way to tell them the news. Decide what you want to say and when you want to discuss it. Don't bring it up that your girlfriend is pregnant during an already tense situation; telling them while they are upset will only heighten their fear and frustration. Choose a time when they are calm so they can think about it clearly. There are no guarantees that they won't be angry, but at least they'll be able to see the situation for what it is.
- Direct the tone of the conversation. Take charge of the discussion. Allowing your parents to see that you are serious will prepare them to hear something important. Convince them that you are mature and capable of making adult decisions. Now is not the time to act like a confused juvenile. The goal here is to demonstrate your ability to decide the best course of action for you and your girlfriend.
- Bring the families together. After you tell your parents, discuss the situation with her parents. Both families are equally affected by the pregnancy, so collaboration and unity is important.
- Everyone should be included in the decision. Both families should help you and your girlfriend make a decision. An "us versus them" mentality will prevent you and your girlfriend from making an informed decision. Important: You and your girlfriend should be the ones making the final decision. Don't allow something to happen that you will regret in the future.
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