It is natural that when two people are in a committed relationship that they both start to ponder about what the next steps will be. Usually one of the first of many steps is meeting the parents. Meeting the parents in a lot of ways can make or break a relationship. If the parents meet the mate and don't like them it can put a strain on the relationship. Or maybe the mate doesn't have the greatest relationship with their parents and it can cause the other half to question the future of them being a couple. On the bright side a persons parents could meet their mate and love them which can cause an easier progression of the relationship.