Embarking on a relationship is an exciting time where you are able to get to know another person on a deep level, and develop strong romantic feelings for her. When things get serious, there is a good chance that your girlfriend will ask you to meet her parents- this question strikes fear in many men, but don't let your anxiety keep you from presenting your best self.
Use the following tips to make a great impression the first time you meet your girlfriend's parents:
Don't Walk in Unprepared
When meeting your girlfriend's parents, don't walk in without doing a little bit of homework beforehand. Take the time to ask your girlfriend questions about her parents in advance so you can get an idea of their interests and occupations. You may also want to find out if there are any sensitive issues that should not be mentioned in conversation.
Always Bring a Gift
Bringing a gift when meeting the parents shows that you are thoughtful and considerate. You can bring flowers, or if you really want to wow them consider picking up a wine gift basket filled with a bottle of their favorite wine and a wine gift basket.
A nice gift will cast you in a positive light before you even have a full conversation with your girlfriend's parents.
Your girlfriend may not mind when you wear your favorite shirt that is ten years old and full of holes, but when it comes to meeting her parents you want to look professional. Depending on the plans that the two of you have with her parents, at least wear a polo shirt and nice pants. Don't forget to shave and style your hair- skip wearing a hat.
Act Like a Gentleman
Whether they admit it or not, almost all parents have a secret list of attributes that they look for in their children's significant other. One of the top things on that list is their child having a significant other who treats them with respect and love. While meeting your girlfriend's parents act like a gentleman by opening doors for your girlfriend, pulling out her chair, or offering to refill her drink.
It is okay to show some affection, but refrain from any displays of affection that may embarrass your girlfriend or make her parents uncomfortable.
Thank Them for the Evening
No matter what you think about her parents after meeting them, always thank them for the evening and tell them how great it was to meet them. Being respectful goes a long way with making a good impression with parents, and it will show them that you also respect your girlfriend and her relationship with her family.