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50 Tips for Handling Your First Holiday Together as a Couple

Self Logo By Jenna Birch of Self | Slide 1 of 50: If your partner asks you home for the holidays and it’s really new, have that “so...what are we?” conversation before you hit the road, says Karla Ivankovich, Ph.D., a couples therapist and clinical counselor at OnePatient Global Health. “Also be respectful of the newness of the relationship for all involved,” she says. “Communicate with your parents on what this relationship means to you. If it’s casual and not serious, communicate that upfront to avoid uncomfortable situations.”There’s no need for a partner to be grilled by your tipsy mother about marriage and babies when you don’t even know if you’ll survive to the New Year.

Clarify the relationship upfront

If your partner asks you home for the holidays and it’s really new, have that “so...what are we?” conversation before you hit the road, says Karla Ivankovich, Ph.D., a couples therapist and clinical counselor at OnePatient Global Health. “Also be respectful of the newness of the relationship for all involved,” she says. “Communicate with your parents on what this relationship means to you. If it’s casual and not serious, communicate that upfront to avoid uncomfortable situations.”

There’s no need for a partner to be grilled by your tipsy mother about marriage and babies when you don’t even know if you’ll survive to the New Year.

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