In the past, I've always been reluctant to talk to my parents about romance, crushes, etc. I'm open with them about almost everything else, but for some reason, I hesitate to ask them for advice on dating/relationships. I think it's because they always make jokes about not wanting me to date anyone. (Even though I have dated someone in the past, they continue to make these jokes.) I've told them I don't like when they make these harmful jokes, and they've mostly stopped, but I'm still nervous to talk to them about anything romantic.
How can I bring up dating? I'd like to have a significant other in the future. I feel like it would be problematic if I kept my love-life a secret, because I did that in the past, and it complicated things.
If anyone has advice, it would be very welcome. Thank you!