Meeting your partner’s parents for the first time can be stress inducing for sure. Dr. Cathryn Leff tells “PopSugar” that “it’s best to be friendly, passive, and observant. The main thing is not to jump in too fast. Just be relaxed and take the time to get to know them.” Still anxious about meeting them? Here are some tips to help you form a solid game plan.
- You’ll need to do your homework. Ask your SO what their parents like, don’t like, what they’re interested in, and so on.
- Consider bringing something small. Showing up with something small like a bottle of wine, flowers, or a small dessert is a good way to make a good first impression.
- Ask them open-ended questions. Ask them about their work, hobbies, or any funny stories from your partner’s childhood.
- Be yourself. You should want your partner’s parents to get to know the real you.
- Keep the PDA to a minimum. It could make your partner’s parents feel uncomfortable. Ask your partner what type of physical affection their parents consider normal to see.
- Embrace the awkward silences. Things may get awkward, and that’s normal! You don’t need to control every second of the convo.
- Don’t try too hard. Don’t give out false compliments or force anything.
- Know that there’s a chance it might not go well, and that’s OK. No one wants the meeting to go poorly, but know it’s not the end of the world if it does.