I’ve been really blessed with the fact that most of the time, when I meet my dude’s family, it’s been super casual at a baseball game or a quick “hi” when we’ve been by their home.
That’s not to say that I haven’t had the ever-so-awkward “meet the parents” dinner before. Yeah, I’m talking about agonizing pain and profusely sweating while you’re in the car on the way to meet them, clammy hands & all. Haha, kidding. Kind of!
Meeting the family is quite simply a job interview. Yeah, you read that right. You are the candidate, what he’s said about you is the resume & this is your shot to make a lasting, positive impression.
Be Yourself: Don’t fake it! Honestly, parents can smell out frauds the same way they can smell out dirty laundry. You don’t want to come across as an aggressive stain that they plan on scrubbing out. There is a reason your dude is bringing you to meet his parents & he likes you for who you are! As someone with overwhelming self-confidence issues, it’s really difficult for me to get comfortable with meeting new people, so I have to remind myself of this mantra all the time.
Mind Your Manners: Please and thank you go a long way. Chewing with your mouth closed might be even more important. And for the love of God, do not take out your phone while you’re at dinner!
Dress to Impress: Like any good interview, you’re not going to show up in something unflattering. Wear something you love and feel comfortable in! I recommend a sweater (or a nice blouse depending on the weather) with jeans and ankle boots. Add some cute accessories & let your personality do the rest!
Get to Know Them: This is the easiest part for me, because when I meet new people, I love to sit back and listen & observe. They’re going to have plenty of questions for you but make sure you’re reciprocating your interest in getting to learn about them. It makes seeing the family again that much easier because you’ll have talking points, whether it’s their upcoming vacation they mentioned or a funny blurb their sibling said. They’ll adore that you remembered and are still interested in getting to know them!