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How To Make A Good Impression On Your Girlfriend’s Parents (7 Steps)

So the time has come for you to finally meet your girlfriend’s parents. This is, of course, an exciting time, so why do you feel so nervous? It’s fine, relax, this is going to be okay!

Here are some tips and tricks on how to make a good impression on your girlfriend’s parents.

#1 Show interest

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If they’ve recently moved ask how they like their new town, or if there was a wedding in the family, ask how they enjoyed it, etc., keeping the subjects light and not overly personal.

Contributors: Arlene B. Englander from ArleneEnglander

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#2 Show Respect

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You have to look the dad dead in the eye for a couple seconds when shaking his hand. This will show respect. The mom, you ask her if you can hug her instead of shaking hands. Tell her you are more of a hugger! This will build a more emotional connection which is more important to women!

Contributors: Chris Cucchiara from 333 Healthy Habits

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#3 Conversation Starter

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The best way to start the conversation would be to say “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve heard so many nice things about you.” Be prepared to be asked what those might be, so if necessary ask your girlfriend for possibilities - like her pride in their professional achievements, or her mom or dad’s great cooking, etc.

Contributors: Arlene B. Englander from ArleneEnglander

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#4 Express sincere admiration

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Be sure to express sincere admiration of any effort they’ve made, inviting you out to dinner or providing a meal at their home, etc. It’s important that they know you’re appreciative of any generosity or graciousness on their part.

Contributors: Arlene B. Englander from ArleneEnglander

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#5 Be complimentary

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Anything complimentary you can say about their daughter (rated PG, of course) will be helpful, for example, “I admire Emma’s ability to pull a team together and develop a worthwhile project. That charity marathon she organized was amazing.” Let them know that you admire their daughter as a person - for a wide range of qualities and talents.

Contributors: Arlene B. Englander from ArleneEnglander

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#6 Dress to Impress

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Make sure you’re dressed to impress. Look neat, clean and classy. Dress for the role that you want. You wouldn’t go to a job interview in a bathing suit and they likely want to see their daughter with a man who will get the job. 

Contributors: Rori Sassoon from Platinum Poire 

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#7 Show Your Love

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Showing your girlfriend's parents that their daughter is protected and loved by being genuine is important. If there is a way that you always look out after her, let them know. 

Contributors: Rori Sassoon from Platinum Poire 

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