Dear Josh, you don’t need to apologise to anyone for loving and dating a mother with a child. There is no contravention of Church law as her previous marriage is annulled. In this case much as you love them, it isn’t about your parents, it is about your life and happiness, within the laws of the Church. You have the right to tell your parents kindly but confidently, and if they object, in this instance it is actually their issue. If they love you they should respect your choice which will have the full blessing of the Sacrament of Matrimony. I think it is important for you to be confident in telling them, but of course with cheerful kindness. Don’t take their attitude on board. If you are apologetic, you will hook their sense of Parent and they will react to you as if you are Child…but you are a man, and you are not doing wrong. If you approach them kindly as Adult, you have at least a hope of hooking their Adult, if they aren’t too fearful, which again is their issue and a point at which they may learn to grow. In time they may get over their reservations. The advice in the above posts is very important, eg 1ke’s points are excelent.
Please God all will work out wonderfully for you all.
“Have you not read that from the beginning, the creator made them male and female and this is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So, then, what God has united, man must not divide.” [Matthew 19:4-6]