You’ve been steadily dating your boyfriend and he’s decided that it’s time to introduce you to his parents. The idea of meeting your boyfriend’s parents is intimidating enough even to the most strong and confident woman. A number of questions will start running through your mind. What will you say to them? What will you wear? Should you buy them a gift? What if they don’t like you?
We know how nerve-wrecking the entire experience can be and that’s why we are giving you these tips to help you make a good first impression on your boyfriend’s parents.
Make sure you and your boyfriend are on the same page
What’s the significance of meeting his parents? Is it because he wants to take the relationship to the next level (marriage maybe?)? Or is it because he just wants you and his parents to know each other? Are you both ready to meet his parents or is he introducing you to his parents because he feels that’s what people in relationships do?
If he is not ready to make a serious commitment yet, then you can relax a little bit because this will just be a get-to-know-you sort of meeting. But if he is ready to take it to the next level and the idea of meeting his parents feels overwhelming, be honest about it. You will save yourself a lot of discomfort and awkwardness later on.
Find out lots of information about his parents
The only person who can tell you what your boyfriend’s parents are like is your boyfriend. We are not saying that you interrogate him but at least find out basic information like what his parents do for a living, where they grew up, how long they’ve been married, what they do for fun and so on.
This information will help you break the ice plus you might just find out you have a few things in common. Besides, even if you don’t have anything in common with his parents, you can always ask them questions about their interests. Most people don’t mind talking about their hobbies and it’s a great way to get the conversation going. So if his dad likes golfing or basketball, it wouldn’t hurt to Google a thing or two about the sport if you don’t know that much about it.
Don’t show too much affection
The big question is; how much is too much? Well, if you are meeting his parents for the first time, try to keep your hands to yourself. Yes, we know you want to show his parents how much you love their son through PDA (public display of affection) but let’s just reverse the roles for a second here.
What if it was your son bringing home a woman he likes and the woman decides to kiss and grope your son in front of you? Would you really be comfortable considering this is your first time meeting her? Maybe you’d be okay with it and some parents might share your perspective but most parents consider PDA in front of them as disrespectful.
Carry a gift
A nice thoughtful gift for your boyfriend’s parents would be a great way to charm them. But before you buy any gifts make sure you find out what they like from your boyfriend. You might just buy an expensive bottle of wine only to find out his parents are teetotalers. Speaking of expensive wine, don’t go overboard with the gifts. We are not talking about buying his mother an $18, 000 Swarovski necklace or buying his dad a $300, 000 Hublot superwatch. In their minds they’ll be thinking “she’s trying to buy our admiration” or “what a showoff”. Your gift should express your gratitude for their hospitality not how much money you earn.
This is not the time to bring out the booty shorts or your ragged pair of jeans. Your boyfriend might tell you that his parents don’t mind if you wear that super short mini skirt but to be on the safe side, just wear something conservative. Keep your jewelry and make up minimal. As you get to know his parents better, you can relax a bit but not too much.
As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression so don’t blow it. If your first meeting with his parents goes badly, it could put a damper on your relationship. But with the tips we’ve given you, you’ll know exactly what to do when you meet his parents.
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