There comes a moment comes in every boy’s life when he has to become a man. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before or will ever experience again. It’s something you feel deep inside your soul, you will never forget. It’s one of those moments when you feel like Lucifer himself is dragging you through the nine circles of Hell laughing at your helplessness. That’s the moment when you need to be courageous; when you need to get up, look him in the eye and ask him, “Is that all you’ve got, you wimp?” That’s when you’re no longer a boy.
That’s what meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time feels like, more or less. Since I’ve done this more than I care to admit (or remember), I can give you youngsters out there a few pointers and provide you with the knowledge I’ve come to acquire through countless trials and errors.
Don’t Show Them You’re Afraid
For some reason, your girlfriend’s parents can sense your fear. Maybe you’re giving off pheromones, maybe you’re just too shy and your hands are shaking – Whatever the reason, be sure that they will know it. They will even expect it. That’s why you should show no fear. Be strong in the face of what feels to you like mortal danger. Be a man. You’re 110% they are not going to like you. You’re about 98.9% right about the father. Fathers don’t like people dating their little girls. And no matter how old your girlfriend is, she will always be his little girl. Don’t try to impress him, as he already doesn’t like you even before you’ve met. Trying to change that will make you seem like a pushover and will irritate him even more. However, if you don’t show the fear he’s come to expect, you will deserve at least a little bit of respect from him for being different than his daughter’s other (douche) boyfriends.
Mothers are much easier in most cases, although don’t count on it too much. As long as you don’t make fun of her, her daughter, or women in any way, shape or form, the mother should be fine with you. Remember that daughters share almost everything with their mothers, especially in the case of a single child. Make her daughter happy and the mother will like you.
Don’t Be Insolent Or Cocky
Do you know who parents hate? Guys who think they rule the world and that they’re simply the best. In their eyes, you’re just a kid who for the most part doesn’t deserve to date their little princess, and now you have the audacity to think that meeting you is some kind of privilege? I guess you get where I’m going with this. Don’t do it – just trust me.
Make sure you wear your most presentable clothes and that your hair looks normal. You might be a death-metal fan with all sorts of chains, piercings and tattoos (or whatever kids wear these days) on a daily basis, but that’s not the image you want your girlfriend’s parents to see. You want them to meet a pleasant young man who doesn’t look like a threat to public safety.
Don’t Talk Too Much
If you feel that every second you are being scrutinized, relax – you really are. However, knowing this works to your advantage. Now you know not to talk too much and not to say anything stupid or offensive. Be neutral. Answer questions in a simple manner and don’t talk too much – everything you say can and definitely will be held against you. So don’t screw up.
Remember all of this, and you should be well on your way to making a semi-decent (that’s the best you can hope for) first impression to your girlfriend’s parents. Good luck!