Here’s 8 tips on how to survive...
Imagine walking into a restaurant expecting a nice romantic lunch with your boyfriend when BAM! Suddenly you’re caught off guard as you notice that he is seated at the table with his parents. Your face freezes…your palms start to sweat…nervousness and anxiety start to set in…. What should you do? Is your outfit appropriate? Is it too late to head for the door? Sh*t! They saw you.
Should you sit next to your BF? Ahhhh so many questions! A round of drinks please?
Meeting your boyfriend’s parents is notoriously stressful when you know about it. But when it’s unplanned and a complete surprise? How does a girl prepare for this?
We all need some help in this department—so here are a few tips and tricks (other than being punctual and polite) that you can have up your sleeve for a planned (or unplanned) visit from the future In-Laws.
1. FIND SOME SAFE TOPICS.
Kill the awkward silence by talking about topics that are safe and not controversial (like politics). Talk about his siblings (if he has any) or their hometown. Things that bind the family together are usually the safest topics.
2. BE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE.
If your significant other’s family is of a different culture, make sure to learn about what is culturally acceptable and what is considered disrespectful. It’s important to show that you’re at least making an effort to understand their heritage.
3. GIVE HIM A BREAK—YOUR SO ISN’T MR. KNOW IT ALL.
Yes they are his parents and he is supposed to know how they will react but ladies, just remember he is as nervous as you are! So don’t overthink it if he does things differently of the ‘rents, Just give him the benefit of the doubt!
4. SKIP THE PDA!
Do show admiration for him, just don’t get carried away. A little cuddling is still okay but don’t take it to a level where his parents will feel grossed out. You don’t want anybody feeling uncomfortable around you. Especially them.
As much as we may hate it, flattery always works (just don’t overdo it)! Be appreciative and tell his parents what a fine gentleman their son is. His mom would sure love a few compliments about her looks or her home.
6. DO NOT GET INVOLVED IN THE FAMILY DRAMA.
It happens! Sometimes an argument may erupt causing a lot of awkwardness but whatever happens stay silent and don’t take sides. The last thing you want is someone seeing you as intrusive.
7. SKIP THE CRAZY STORIES.
Be extra appropriate! Parents are usually strict and they really don’t want to here stories about nights when you were drunk with their son.
8. BE YOURSELF.
You don’t need to walk on eggshells around them the entire time! If all goes well, they will probably be in your life for a long, long time. You can’t keep a façade up forever. So, be yourself and we are sure that they will love you!
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