Things People Do When They First Meet The Parents

Things People Do When They First Meet The Parents

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Meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents for the first time is a big deal. Here are 15 things to avoid doing so you don’t mess up your first impression on them.

Trying To Over Impress Them

They’ll see right through your act and they won’t be impressed at all.


Belittling others in front of your partner’s parents will only make you look bad.

Being Obnoxiously Loud

They get it, you’re nervous, but that doesn’t mean you need to be ridiculously loud to cover your anxiety.

Overstaying Their Welcome

Pay attention to social cues to tell you when it’s appropriate to leave, or else the parents may get annoyed that they have to entertain you for hours past their bedtime.

Leaving Early

On the other hand, if you skip out too soon they may think you’re rude. If you’re paying attention, you’ll be able to tell when it’s the right time to make your departure since I’m sure you’ll be dying to leave after an hour or two.

Being Overly Affectionate

Their parents already know that you like their kid, so there’s no need to get all lovey-dovey in front of them.

Talking About Religion Or Politics

It’s best to avoid bringing up any controversial topics, and when someone starts talking about politics, or religion, it’s sure to lead to an unwanted heated debate.

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Dressing Inappropriately

Always dress to impress when meeting parents for the first time, or else they will think meeting them isn’t important to you.

Don’t Offer To Help Clean Up

Of course they’ll decline your offer, but it’s best to show your willing to help out. It’s rude to just sit back and wait for them to clear your dishes, or clean up messes.

Turning Into An Introvert

Some people get shy when meeting someone for the first time, but make sure it doesn’t happen when meeting your significant other’s parents. It’s always awkward for someone to be anti-social when they need to make a good first impression.

Playing On Their Phone

Playing on your phone when meeting people is basically saying you don’t care what they think of you, or that you’re making a bad impression. Not the ideal way to meet someone’s parents for the first time.

Talking About Exes

Their parents most likely don’t care why your ex broke up with you, and discussing it only makes thing tense and weird.

Bodily Noises

They’re gross and not the best first impression, so please, hold it in.


You may not even realize you’re doing it, but they do. It doesn’t make you look mature or cool, so try to hold your tongue when meeting the parents.

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Calling Them ‘Mom’ Or ‘Dad’

They probably won’t be too comfortable with you calling them ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ the first time you meet them.