Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Meeting Your Significant Other's Parents

Meeting the parents.

No, not the movie. Sorry to disappoint.

Anywho, meeting the parents is terrifying. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. Why wouldn't it be scary? Unless your "sugar bear" has a pretty far off and distant relationship with their folks, it's going to happen eventually. And there are some things you should know before you dive in to the incredibly awkward, potentially permanent first impression you're going to be giving.

1) Dress appropriately.

Sorry girls, put away your sky high hooker heels for this one, no matter how fabulous they may be. Gents, try not to look homeless. Other than that, it's pretty straightforward.

You're going to see millions upon millions of posts about what you should wear and yada yada, but the truth is: no one really cares. Yep, I said it. Unless your S.O. has a mom who works for Vogue, no one is going to be judging you. Don't over think it, just be comfortable. I always air on the side of modesty when meeting my boyfriend's family, but to each their own.

2) Don't boast

Wait what, shouldn't I be listing off my accomplishments like a high school valedictorian? Well, not unless you want to look like the biggest snob ever. Yes, parents want their children to marry well, and they want you to be smart, but overly boasting is not going to get you anywhere. Choose what you reveal wisely. If anything, space things out over a couple of meetings rather than just throw it all up in a boast vomit the first time you shake hands.

3) Play the innocent card

No matter how "cool" his/her parents may be, play it safe the first few times. Don't talk about all the partying, drinking, and whatever else you like to do for fun on the weekends. Bottom line, if it sounds illegal or dangerous, don't mention it.

Yeah, even if you wrestle ostriches or something equally awesome. Hold off on that gem for a good while.

So there you have it, those are my honest - and maybe not so helpful - tips on meeting the parents. I've already met my boyfriend's mother and father, but I am going to their place for Thanksgiving. Which means - gulp - meeting his ENTIRE family.

So wish me luck, and let me know what you think about meeting the 'rents.

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