Sarah Casimong May 22, at 7: Nervous might not begin to explain what you're feeling, but don't sweat. DO dress appropriately First impressions are important and part of that is how you dress. Ask your boyfriend how conservative his parents are. You don't want to offend anyone by showing too much skin or wearing attire with images or language that might be seen as rude.
You might want to avoid clothing that promotes violence or is overtly sexual. To be safe, lean on the conservative side until you get to know them better.
If you're meeting at a fancy restaurant, wear an appropriate dress. Don't wear stilettos if you're expected to do a lot of walking. I had to borrow my ex's little sister's shoes. I definitely gave the first impression that I was high-maintenance and it took a while to convince his parents that I really wasn't!
Running in looking flushed from the sprint you just did to arrive on time might not make a good impression either. Give yourself enough time to get ready. Coming early is better than coming late. Arriving late, sweaty and out of breath can also increase any self-consciousness or nerves you may have. Giving yourself a good fifteen minute cushion can be enough to calm those pre-meeting nerves. DO some research beforehand He's probably told them a little about you, so it's good to be familiar with some general facts about them.
Don't be afraid to ask your boyfriend for some information on his parents; he obviously wants you to make a good impression, too. Ask him about their quirks or pet peeves so you can avoid doing anything to annoy them.
Not only should you ask about their expectations, you should also know little things about them that you could bring up, should there be a lull in conversation. Use these little facts to your advantage: What did you think of the finale? For example, in many Asian cultures it's rude to tell a host or hostess that you don't like the food or do any kind of complaining.
Even if your boyfriend's parents are not of a different ethnic background, the same advice could apply for religion. Get to know what their spiritual beliefs are if they have any. Even if you know they follow a certain religion like Christianity or Islam , religions can have different denominations where traditions and beliefs can vary.
Hiding it will make it worse. For example, if you have allergies and his parents have seven dogs, then you should probably say something. Flattery may win some people over, but some can see straight through false praise. The last thing you want to do is come off as fake. They will be missing out on getting to know the real you.
After all, they want to meet the girl that their son has fallen for, not a false version of her. If you tend to be a naturally open person, although that may be part of your personality, you might want to tone it down for the first meeting.
Let his parents know how much you adore their son That means no making out or touching in inappropriate places! Even if they refuse your help, at least you asked. Eventually, his father called me out on it It shows that you appreciate and acknowledge the work that goes into preparing for the meeting. Sometimes little arguments will erupt and awkwardness can ensue. The best thing you can do is stay neutral.
The last place you want to be is in the middle of a fight with people you just met!