Meeting your partner’s parents for the first time can be stressful. We interviewed three people who survived! Here is their advice.
Rhonda Smith, age 26
“I was really nervous the first time I met my boyfriend’s parents. Looking back, there was nothing to worry about. They wanted to know everything about me, so they asked me a lot of questions. I tried not to give my views on politics or controversial subjects, though. Of course, you have to be yourself, so if they ask you a complicated question, you have to give an honest answer. One other piece of advice I would give is: be punctual. Parents always hate people arriving late.”
Will Mansell, age 29
“My advice is ‘dress to impress.’ I wore a suit to meet my girlfriend’s parents for the first time. I think it really made a good impression. They didn’t want their daughter to go out with someone who wore an old T-shirt and jeans. Make sure you shake her father’s hand firmly. This shows that you aren’t a weak man. I also offered to help my girlfriend’s mother in the kitchen. She liked that. Set the table, or wash the dishes for example. Her mother will think you’re great!”
Bob Tate, age 30
“I think the most important thing is to show your girlfriend’s parents that you have a deep interest in her. You can do this by asking questions about when she was a little girl. Parents never get tired of talking about their children. This tactic also makes you more relaxed, because you aren’t talking about yourself. Before you go to their house, ask your girlfriend what her parents like doing. If you find some common interests, conversation will be easier.”