Here are some things to consider before you meet — or introduce — the parents.

Before you meet your date’s parents — and/or before you introduce your parents to your date — talk about your families. Discuss your parents’ attitudes on interracial relationships, their individual roles within the family, and to what degree you value their opinions.

You’ll likely notice that interracial teen couples are on the rise yet at the same time, are just a matter of fact.

There is such less of a racial divide in today’s generation of kids.

In 1980, 6.7 percent of marriages were interracial. The concern for many parents seems to be whether the couple will face more challenges as a result of marrying outside of their race. We all have a friend whose parents were upset when they dated outside their race, and we all know a couple or two whose in-laws don’t like them simply because of their race or nationality.

Yet our teens, two generations ahead of our parents, are probably the most open-minded when it comes to race.

Still, hesitations may arise later on as the relationship gets more serious.

Some parents might welcome you as a date, not a future family member.

Others will make it even more personal, questioning their child’s motives in picking a potential mate who looks nothing like them. ”) Try to determine what their actual objections to interracial relationships are so that you can carefully tackle the specifics head-on.

Find ways to reassure parents, eloquently explaining your perspective without any defensiveness.

Don’t expect to win over families at your first meeting.

Long-standing attitudes and prejudices won’t be cast aside immediately just because you’re a great person.

It seems that our children have been able to break the barrier of prejudice where many in our own generation still haven’t been quite able to do that just yet.