So, it’s time to take your relationship to the next level — meeting your guy’s parents! How do you make a good first impression? Don’t worry, HollywoodLife.com has got your back!
Meeting a guy’s parents for the first time is a major step in a relationship, so it’s only natural you want his mom and dad to be impressed. The most important thing is to be yourself — his parents will surely see what their son loves about you, right? But, here’s a handful of tips and tricks that will help you be your best self on the big day!
What to wear and what NOT to wear: When meeting a guy’s parents, you want to dress appropriately for whatever activity is planned and always, always err on the side of being conservative. Make sure you know where you’ll be meeting and what you’ll be doing so you can find the best outfit. You don’t want to be overdressed (such as wearing dressy heels to a BBQ), but you definitely should not be underdressed (such as wearing jean shorts to a nice restaurant). When in doubt, go for a nice dress or skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down with the right accessories. And NEVER wear anything too low cut, short, tight, or overly sexy. Even if his parents are open-minded about it, it’s better to play it safe!
What to say and what NOT to say: The main thing is to be polite and respectful. Compliment them — about their home, their son’s wonderful manners, etc. — but don’t be too gushy or they’ll see right through it. Ask thoughtful questions about their careers or hobbies to show your interest, and avoid talking about hot-button topics such as politics that might cause any arguments or issues. Also, avoid saying anything too scandalous, such as anything sexual about their son. It’s just too awkward to bring up and might create the wrong impression.
What to do and what NOT to do: The main thing is to stay upbeat and positive. You want to be yourself, but just on your best behavior. If you’re visiting their home, flowers, a bottle of wine, or a small gift can go a long way. As for what not to do, if it’s anything that might shock or offend somebody — don’t do it!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What do YOU think readers should do if they’re meeting the parents for the first time? Comment below!
— Susan Johnson