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Best Ways to Tell Your Chinese Parents About Your ‘Howe’

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For some, telling their parents about their relationship may be a difficult task, especially if their parents are strict. However, we eventually have to tell them about it no matter what.

With that, here are some of the best ways to tell your parents about your “howe.”

1. Tell them over a family meal.

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Telling them while having a family meal is one of the best ways to bring up the news because all your loved ones will be there at once and hopefully, for extra moral support. This will also give you time to tell them your story and how the two of you met. 


2. Share the news during family time.

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The second best way to break the news to them is during family bonding time. Family time gives you the opportunity to have a heart-to-heart talk with your parents and tell them about your personal life and how it’s been going. This allows you and your family to have a stronger bond, and you’ll be able to trust each other more. Moreover, if you choose to tell them during this time, you’ll all be able to express your opinions about the news.



3. Catch them when they’re in a good mood.

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If you have strict parents, telling them when they’re in a good mood will help with how they react to your news.  Do try to read the room and gauge your parents’ mood before breaking the news of your howe.

4. Mention the name of your howe in your stories

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Lastly, for those who may be too scared to tell their parents outright that they’re now in a relationship, you can try this: Mention the name of your howe in the stories you tell to your parents. This will give them a glimpse of that person based on your stories. This will also eventually allow them to get used to the fact that you two hang out a lot, and they may not be that surprised when you tell them that you’re dating this person. 


These are only some of the ways you can tell your parents about your relationship. However, the outcomes or reactions may vary depending on other factors. Just remember that whatever their reactions may be, your parents only want nothing but the best for you. 

Want to know what their reactions may be? Check out the 3 common reactions of parents after telling them you have a howe here.


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