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The time has come, after dating for a length of time, to meet your other half’s family. You feel stressed, panicky and nervous. Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Whilst the prospect of meeting his or her parents can be nerve-wrecking, you’d be glad to know that there are simple and (almost) effortless ways to win them over despite the first-meeting jitters:
Ask your boyfriend or girlfriend about his or her family, and if possible, look through their family photo album to get to know who’s who.
This conveys your respect for his or her parents, which in turn would leave them with a good impression of you.
A simple and thoughtful gift goes a long way, such as a box of chocolate cookies, or fresh flowers in a vase for their home. If you prefer to give a specific gift, you may wish to check with your boyfriend or girlfriend what his or her parents like.
Engage and involve everyone in the conversation, if possible. And no matter how liberal his or her parents are, avoid sharing your past wild escapades, or anything inappropriate.
Flattery never cuts it so let your compliments be simple and sincere.
Whilst having opinions is good, try to avoid taking a strong stance on sensitive topics. Also, it’d be best to steer clear of any controversial debates or family conflicts.
Be courteous, accepting and gracious when receiving compliments, avoiding excessive public display of affection (PDAs). Be mindful of proper table manners, and most importantly, resisting the temptation to constantly check your phone.
From setting the table to washing the dishes, offer a helping hand.
Haven’t you heard that smiling is infectious? So, warm and wow them with your radiant and genuine smile.
So go on, win over his or her family the way you won his/her heart!
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