1. Wear appropriate clothing
Remember, you are a whole generation apart from her parents, so dress appropriately for the occasion.
Leave the suggestive and revealing clothes for dates and wear something a little more reserved, classic and elegant for a meeting with his parents.
2. Do your homework
You don't want to put your right foot in your mouth the first time you talk to them, so learn as much as possible about his parents before you visit him for the first time.
Get a feel for their culture, beliefs, and general likes and dislikes. You don't want to let yourself fall into it over dinner.
3. Always offer to help
Offer to help set the table or clear it. It always makes a good impression. The mom would probably like to get to know you better and take you on your own and she can do that while you do the dishes together. They'll love you making the effort.
4. Don't be too affectionate with your man
His parents are from a different generation and they may have different habits and ways than the modern generation, but they are not stupid and they know what is going on between the two of you.
However, they don't want that displayed on their faces, so leave the public displays of affection for you, man, for your ride home.
5. Take a gift with you on the first visit
You don't want to arrive empty-handed, so check with your man what his parents might like as a gift. Don't make it too extravagant, you don't want to look like you're showing off. Just a small, useful gift, will help show your respect for his parents.
6. Never criticize your partner
Beware of criticizing your man from his parents. Remember he's still their little baby, so even if you think it's just a harmless little tease, be careful. Even if you think you trust his mother, be careful not to criticize his son.
7. Always be thoughtful
To be fully accepted you need to be part of the family, so remember things like birthdays and anniversaries, especially if your partner doesn't! Thoughtful gestures and gifts that obviously came from will help seal your place in your new family.
8. Be prepared to take their advice
If they like you, they'll probably start offering you their advice. Accept it graciously and don't seem to be going on the defensive. Try to figure out where they're coming from, as they probably don't want to get involved, just to help.
9. Invite them to your house
Don't let your parents do all the hosting, invite them to your home for dinner as well. Not only does this return the favor and put them in their good books, it also shows them that they are very capable of taking care of their child for them.
10. Smile sweetly and never be critical
That's all wise and sound advice, but actually, being alone with your in-laws is very important!
Whatever the provocation, don't argue, don't disagree, and never criticize your family. When in doubt, smile sweetly, say nothing, or just politely agree to disagree.
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