It's the milestone event in a relationship that most people dread - meeting the parents. You want to make a good first impression, but don't want to pretend to be someone you're not... Thankfully, we have some tips on how to relax and enjoy meeting the parents.

It's Mother-in-law day!

It's Mother-in-law day!

1. Basic manners

Meeting your partner's friends is different to meeting the parents! Although you should try and let your hair down, remember basic manners, be polite, and try not to swear!

2. Be yourself

Don't pretend to be someone you're not. If you're relationship progresses further, they'll only realise later down the line that you were playing up in the first meeting, so just allow yourself to relax and try and forget that they're the parents of your significant other.

3. Take an interest

Even if the topic of conversation could put you to sleep, at least try and seem interested. If they care about something, listen and get involved. You'd expect the same the other way round.

4. Have a laugh

Make some jokes and allow yourself to have a good time. Laughter is great way to bond with new people, so don't feel like being formal is the way forward.

5. Compliment them

Don't overdo it, because that can seem false. But if you like their kitchen interior, ask them about it. If you think their shoes are trendy, say it! Generally, people respond well to these types of things, and we all love to have a natter about ourselves sometimes, so let it happen naturally.

6. They're probably excited to meet you

If their son/daughter is welcoming you into their family, then they're probably quite excited to find out what it is about you that makes you so great, so take comfort in knowing that they've probably been looking forward to meeting you!

7. Don't overthink it

We are all human and we all have our flaws. If your partner wants you to meet their parents then it means they already know you'll be accepted by them, so don't overthink it too much! They had to do it too, once!

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