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Meeting Your Date’s Family for the First Time

You think you’ve met your perfect match, and now you have to meet the family! Yikes! Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips for how to make a great first impression.

By
Richie Frieman
April 8, 2012
Episode #196

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Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, the trees are blooming, and so is love.

Whether you just started dating someone or already have a key to their home, nothing is better than being in love! I speak from firsthand experience. But with all the romance and excitement, what happens when you take the ultimate step in meeting your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s family for the first time? This can be a make or break event in any couple’s life. For the record, my father-in-law said the jury is still out on me…and my wife and I have been married for over 7 years. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this year will be the one.

Coming from a family that enjoys crossing every line of social embarrassment, I hardly even notice their etiquette faux pas anymore. But my wife had a lot to handle when she first met my family. Thankfully, she won them over – which was no surprise to me. Still, sometimes the nervousness about meeting someone’s family for the first time can be enough to even make that drive over to the house an uncomfortable experience. As well, sometimes we’re so eager to impress, we go overboard and become “that weird date” in the family’s memory.

So how do you handle this monumental event properly? Don’t worry, I’m here to help. Before you spend a week picking out the perfect outfit that reads “Please like me!” check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for meeting your date’s family for the first time:

Tip #1 – No One Likes a Show Off

Trust me, I know that you want to impress your date’s family. In fact, you want to “wow” them beyond belief.  I get it, I do. Unfortunately, trying too hard can backfire into a complete disaster. But how can we help ourselves, right? Uncle Larry did ask what you do for a living, so why not fill him in…on every single detail, including how much money you made last year and what is the value of your pension plan. You think you’re having a nice chat, and then suddenly you realize that you’ve been talking for 30 minutes to blank stares (and Uncle Larry is starting to snore).

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