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Meet the Parents

Aug 17, 2007
If you have not met her parents yet, the chances are you will this holiday season. It is a big step. Women value their family relationships and wanting you to meet her parents may be more about getting their opinions on you as it is about making a serious commitment.

Do your homework. Ask your girlfriend plenty of questions about her parents before the initial meeting. This way you can avoid anything that might be a touchy subject and also brush up on topics that are of interest to them. An extra bonus to doing this is that your girlfriend will be flattered you are showing an interest in her parents before you even meet them. Just a few tidbits of personal information before the initial get together can go a long way.

Dress appropriately. A sloppy appearance may be damaging to your potential relationship with her parents. They may be insulted even before you open your mouth. Failing to take care in your appearance is a sign of disrespect to many people so exercise caution and dress nicely. First impressions count.

Bring an appropriate gift. A little bribery never hurt but do not go overboard otherwise they may think you are trying to rent their affection. Ask your girlfriend what they like or go with the old standby and bring flowers. It is always welcome and very appropriate. A small gift can help you get the relationship off on the right foot.

Avoid controversial subjects. In general you should steer clear of any talk concerning religion, politics and sex .The last thing that you want to do is to spend your first meeting debating hot button issues. Yes, this may be an activity you normally enjoy, but getting involved in a heated debate with her parents is definitely not a good idea. Keep the conversation light.

Try not to be too affectionate. While she may be a grown woman, she is also their daughter. Many parents would not be comfortable with overt displays of affection. Too much can send the wrong message and put them on guard against you. If your girlfriend senses tension between you and her parents it could severely damage the relationship.

It is only natural that parents influence the opinions of their children. It would not be too hard for them to send your girlfriend subtle signals that they do not think you are right for her. Create a good first impression and do not give them any reason not to like you. Establishing a good relationship with the parents can only benefit you and your girlfriend.
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Ready for the dating game this holiday season? Daryl Campbell invites you to check out The Dating Game More free tips, resources and up to the news and minute information to help you with the dating game this season and beyond
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