There comes a time in many parents' lives when their kid will bring their first boyfriend or girlfriend home to "meet the parents" (a less loaded milestone when you're a kid and live at home, but loaded nonetheless). Maybe it happens in elementary school, when "dating" just means holding hands at recess or passing each other love notes. Or maybe it's in high school, when "dating" can mean all kinds of things—some of which are not-so-comfortable for a parent to think about. But whatever the age, some parents handle their kid's fore into the world of romance much better than others.
Someone asked parents of Reddit: "How do you feel when your kid brings back a girlfriend/boyfriend? How do you decide whether you like them or not?" Many parents, and a few kids, responded.
Some of these parents reacted well. Not all of them. But at least none came out with a loaded shotgun like dads in bad teen movies.