So finally the day has arrived when you get to meet your girlfriend’s parents. You must be stressed, scared, nervous, and confused all at once. After all, this one meeting is going to decide the fate of your relationship. And you have no other option than to impress her parents in this first meeting.
First of all, take a deep breath and relax! If you both have come together so far and decided to take your relationship to the next step, then half of the battle is already won. And the other half can be easily won with a little bit of practice, efforts, and confidence.
Here, we are not trying to tell you the things you must try to impress your girl’s parents. You must probably know that. We are going to put the light on factors that guys generally ignore and get all wrong when meeting their girlfriend’s parents.
Don’t Be Late
First and foremost rule- always be on time. Trust us, apologizing for being late when everyone is waiting for you eagerly is not the kind of the first impression you would want to have. Consider the distance and traffic conditions, and try to leave a little early to make it on time.
Don’t Dress Messy
Dress to impress! Button down shirt and wear polished shoes if you plan on going formal. Remember, the wrinkled shirt is a big no-no. If you want to go casual, make it look smart and avoid loose clothes. Because Ranveer Singh’s dressing style may look cool on screen but not when you are trying to impress your girlfriend’s parents.
Avoid Engaging On the Phone
We all know how obsessed millennials are with their cell phones and social networking. When meeting your girlfriend’s parents avoid engaging in the phone, even if it is for work. As that may send the wrong signal of your lack of interest in the conversation. And there is no harm in breaking the relationship with your phone for a few hours for the sake of your sweetheart.
Don’t Over Praise
There is a fine line difference between trying to impress and going overboard while doing so. Avoid the extra or unusual flattery during the conversation and just be yourself. Stop worrying about being polite and just be who you are in front of your girl’s parents.
Don’t Be A Know It All
You might know your girlfriend well, but not better than her parents who birthed her. From her childhood habits to her favorite meal – they have all the information within the tips of fingers. So take a chill pill and don’t try to put a demonstration of all the wonderful facts you know about their daughter.
Don’t Be Touchy
We understand if you and your girlfriend are the lovebirds who can’t keep hands off each other. But avoid doing it in front of her parents. Being affectionate will do but PDA should be avoided. Holding hands and a little hugging will work but for God’s sake spare her parents the horror by engaging in a passionate kissing act in front of them.
Avoid Discussing Politics
Kindly avoid discussing serious political issues with her parents in the first meeting. Everyone has their own political views, which you may or may not agree with. Don’t go on bragging your political beliefs and showing how your preferred candidate is the best. There are chances of this conversation going out of your hands and ruining your chances to impress them.
Don’t Boast Of Your Achievements
You must be the most reliable employee of your team at the workplace or genius in your friend’s group. But it is completely inappropriate to boast of your accomplishments in front of your girlfriend’s parents. They are a lot older and wiser and if you have the potential, they’ll be able to gauge it themselves and appreciate that in you.
Do Not Lie
Lying in front of your girl’s parents is never a good choice if you are serious enough to meet them again. Don’t just mention golfing and skiing as your hobbies to impress her father, if you don’t even know the basics of these sports. Because if he asks you to accompany him on his golf sessions, your truth will be very much out in the world and that wouldn’t do any good to you.
Don’t Drink Too Much
If her parents are generous enough to offer a drink, then be gentleman enough to not get drunk. Just the slip of the tongue can bring out a lot of inappropriate information, which you would never want to share and they would never want to know. So, take a few sips to de-stress and be the best version of you in front of them.
P.S. – Avoid these silly yet important mistakes to increase your chances of making a good first impression on her parents. And you never know you may get invited to the next dinner very soon.