It’s no secret that meeting your partner’s parents for the first time can be daunting and overwhelming sometimes.
Studies reveal that Millennials introduce their partners to parents after as little as 10 weeks of dating. Therapist and relationship expert Rachel Sussman advises, “Don’t introduce anyone to your parents unless it’s a serious, committed relationship,” claiming that she believes 4 or 5 months in is a better timeline to work to.
But if you’ve been with your other half for a significant amount of time and are planning to take the plunge this Christmas, here are a few handy tips to ensure it all goes as smoothly as possible when it comes to meeting your partner’s parents.
Add them to the Christmas gift list
When it comes to meeting your partner’s parents, it’s all about making a good first impression. If you know you’ll be seeing them over the festive season, it’s a good idea to get them a Christmas gift. Not only is this a kind gesture to show that you care, but it can save any potential embarrassment if they hand you a present on arrival and you haven’t bought anything for them! Be sure to do your homework first by asking your partner what sorts of gifts they like, so that you can show you’ve put thought into it.
Get to know them
It’s important that you use this time meeting your partner’s parents to be vocal and ask them questions about things such as their work and what they enjoy doing in their spare time. This shows that you’re taking a genuine interest in their lives which is the best first step to establishing a strong relationship with them.
Offer to help with anything
This is a biggie. Offering to help with things such as clearing up after dinner, setting the table, putting up any Christmas decorations if there’s a Christmas party – whatever it may be, we guarantee your partner’s parents will love you for it! This will help to demonstrate that you’re happy to get involved, whilst reassuring the parents that, if you and your partner plan to live together in the future, their son or daughter are in good hands.
Having alone time
The festive season can often get so busy with parties and meals and get-togethers, that we forget to make time for each other. Why not surprise him with some gorgeous Christmas white lingerie just before bedtime, when he’s least expecting it? Intimacy is key in any relationship, and it’s important not to neglect this when it comes to the chaos of Christmas time.