Should I attend my boyfriends 1st grandchild baptism

by Susan
(Jackson, MS)

I have been dating a great guy for 7 months and we are in a serious relationship and our children from both sides all get along and accept one another and our relationship.

His grandchild is getting baptized. I have not been invited by the parents of the grandchild to attend this event. I don't want to assume I am to attend with my boyfriend because of our relationship status because we have only been dating for 7 months and it's "implied" I am coming because of the relationship.

If I don't get invited from the parents of the grandchild, should I attend this even with my boyfriend if he personally invites me? It's such a personal event in ones family's life and I don't want to overstep my boundaries.

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Family Boundaries
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Susan,

Your question is a thoughtful one that may help other families in a similar quandary.

There isn't a single correct answer to your question. A lot depends upon how this family perceives your relationship. If your boyfriend asks you to attend with him ask if the parents know you are coming. Even if they do not invite you directly, it is acceptable for you to accompany your boyfriend if they are aware of the plan.

Thank you for this interesting inquiry.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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