Meeting the parents is generally a pretty daunting experience, meeting them at such a busy and family-orientated time of year just adds to the pressure. Whilst you don’t want to come across as shy and boring, you also don’t want to appear loud and overpowering. Here are CGD’s top tips on how to ace meeting the parents this festive season.
It is a symbolic way of showing gratitude and will act as a nice ice breaker. This item doesn’t have to be an ancient red wine which costs hundreds of pounds, something more personal and inexpensive is likely to be much more well received.
Let’s bear in mind what we’re attending and who will be present. Although I’m sure your partner would absolutely love to see you in your favourite black bodycon dress and thigh highs, this is a family occasion for which you’ll have to adapt.
‘ Consuming three double vodkas before you’ve even arrived is probably a plan best avoided’
Don’t Drink Too Much
It’s Christmas and you’re going to be surrounded by booze, but try not to let the nerves tempt you. Whilst a social mulled wine pre and post dinner is perfectly normal, consuming three double vodkas before you’ve even arrived is probably a plan best avoided.
Smiling as soon as you meet the parents will do wonders for first impressions. You will come across as friendly and will instantly retract any guards that are up.
‘Ask questions, listen and share your interests –you never know, his mother may be an avid CGD reader too!’
Find Common Ground
Whilst it’s unlikely you’ll have everything in common with them, there’s likely to be something you share an interest in. Ask questions, listen and share your interests –you never know, his mother may be an avid CGD reader too!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be yourself. Although these six tips will stand you in good stead for meeting the parents, you can’t be anyone but yourself. So enjoy the day and good luck!