There comes a point in a relationship when you both agree it’s time to take the next step. No, we’re not talking about marriage today; we’re talking about the important step of meeting each other’s parents. We know it can be intimidating and nerve-wracking to meet your significant other’s parents for the first time, which is why we’ve put together the following tips! Let’s get started.
Let Go of Your Anxiety
It’s natural to have some anxiety before meeting your partner’s parents because you want things to go smoothly. You want them to like you – and you want to get along with them! But overthinking the situation can ruin your first meeting. Just be yourself! Trying to make the scenario perfect will only set you up for disappointment.
Find the Right Time for Everyone
Family gatherings, holidays, and special occasions may seem very promising to hold the first meeting because all family members are together and tend to be in good spirits. However, for some people, these events can be riddled with stress and family drama, making them less-than-ideal times for introductions. It’s important to mutually decide with your partner when the right time will be.
Do Your Homework
It’s good to have some background knowledge about your partner’s parents – their beliefs, culture, interests, and professions. The more details you have about the people you will meet, the easier it will be to strike up a natural conversation.
Make Your Conversations Engaging
Speaking of conversations, remember you are not in a job interview! Just take it easy and engage in friendly conversation. Sports, hobbies, and family history are all acceptable topics. You can also ask questions about your partner as a child, which may bring up some fond memories for their family members. In that same vein, we recommend avoiding discussing politics, religion, and other potentially sensitive subjects. Leave the debates for another day.
Do you have any tips for meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time? Share them with us in the comments below!