So you’ve been dating for a while and it’s now time to enter new territory…meeting the parents. We know how daunting it can be when you’re in a new relationship and your partner invites you to meet the ‘rents for the first time, which is why we’ve got 5 tips to help you keep your cool and make sure you get their seal of approval.
1.Do your research
Before you go, make sure you find out if there are any touchy subjects you shouldn’t bring up. Don’t go overboard and find out every little detail, like what days of the week they do their laundry, but you should know the basic foundations of the family.
2.Try and include everyone in the family
Sometimes the parents are the easiest to get on your side, but their sister, great aunt, or grandmother could be really overprotective. Make sure to address everyone in conversation, especially if you’re at a family event/dinner.
3.Don’t be a suck up
It will seem forced and you’ll come across as being not genuine if you gush about every little detail. Subtle compliments work best, and don’t forget your manners.
4.Keep things PG
We get it, you’re in a brand new relationship and can’t take your hands off each other. Leave it for another night; their parents do not want to see you with your tongues down each other’s throats.
If this relationship is going to last, there’s no point in pretending to be something that you’re not, as you won’t be able to keep it up forever. If their son/daughter is happy enough with you for them to introduce you to their parents, then they’ll just have to accept you, regardless.