Meeting the Parents *dun dun dun*

Meeting your significant other’s parents can be overwhelming, way out of your comfort zone, and just flat out scary. No matter how many important people you have met, meeting parents is always a nerve-racking task. So, here are a few tips to make the experience flow a bit smoother.

man and woman holding handsBE YOURSELF. Do not (I repeat, DO NOT) be someone you are not. There is no better version of yourself than the real version. Everyone has flaws and insecurities, own yours! If their parents cannot accept you for who you are, that is their problem, not yours. If your significant other wants you to pretend like you’re someone you’re not, that is their problem, not yours. Just be you!

 

FIGURE OUT YOUR RED FLAGS. Ask your significant other what topics to stay away from to avoid any bumps. These topics could range anywhere from politics to “please don’t mention that tattoo I got on my back.” What you don’t want to do is make anyone feel disrespected or accidentally spill a secret your significant other has been elaborately hiding.

 

BE HONEST WITH YOUR PARTNER. Tell them that you are worried. Explain to them where that worry is coming from. Then, let them encourage you and help you not to worry so much. You are not alone!

 

BE CONFIDENT. You are good enough. More than enough. Meeting the parents is a big deal and your partner believes that you are ready for it and wants to show you off! Believe your significant other when they tell you they are excited for their parents to meet you!

 

You’ve got this! Now go wow those parents!