How Do You Introduce Your Girlfriend to Your Parents...
You’ve been dating for a while and you really like each other, so you’ve probably been asking all your friends “How do you introduce your girlfriend to your parents?”
If you’re like most guys, you probably assume the worst from the start and wonder if the evening will end up as one of those stories your siblings laugh about at holidays for years to come, but that is hardly ever the case.
What you have to keep in mind, despite your “doomsday” thoughts, is that it is crucial for these people – the most important to your life – to meet each other at some point.
Feeling nervous? Stick to these three tips and you have a great chance at a helping both your girlfriend and your parents make a good first impression:
Pick a Neutral Site
It shouldn’t matter, but some people feel more comfortable getting to know each other at a public location instead of at home. Your girlfriend, for example, might be intimidated by walking into the home you were raised in or feel as though she has put an undue burden on your parents by causing them to put an extra plate around the table.
In the same way, your parents might like to see her before opening their doors, as it allows them to avoid the hustle and bustle of cleaning the house for a special occasion.
Looking for some suggestions on where to go? Grab coffee or a light lunch on a Saturday afternoon. This will help limit the length of the first encounter, as everyone likely will have plans for the evening.
Give Each Side a Little Background Info
Let’s say you were arranging the first meeting between the President of the United States and Prime Minister of Britain. Wouldn’t you take a few minutes to tell each party about the other, what topics are good for conversation and those that are better saved for a later date? Of course!
By describing some basic details about your girlfriend – where she’s from, how many brothers and sisters she has, etc. – you are in a good position to keep the discussion general. If you know, however, that your parents and girlfriend harbor opposing political views, you might encourage both to steer clear.
Arrive As a Couple
No matter how much you encourage and assure her, your girlfriend is going to be nervous. Meeting the parents is a big occasion in a relationship, so you want to do your best to calm her down ahead of time. The easiest way to do this is to show up to the place you’ve settled on together, preferably a few minutes early.
Strange as it may seem, having her walk up alone will only play into her fears. Deep in her subconscious, she will see the three of you together at the table and feel a little stranded, like a new student after
moving to another high school. By being there with her, you have shown her that you’ve got her back and she will be much more relaxed.
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