1. Bring a gift. If you are meeting his/her parents, you should bring a gift. If he/she is meeting yours, he/she should bring a gift. But help each other decide what to get. This shows respect and appreciation for their hospitality. It's also just another way to make a good first impression. Don't go overboard, though... The gift should be simple, yet thoughtful.
2. Share family stories. You want to let each other in on inside family anecdotes, stories, background, and maybe even jokes. If there is a particular family member who your significant might have a lot in common with, let them in on that too. Give them talking points to avoid any awkward pauses.
3. Ease in. Take a walk before introductions. Clear your head of all the anxiety you might be feeling, because chances are you might be over-thinking things.
4. Do not make a scene. If any little tiffs or annoyances arise between you and him/her, save it for later. At the party, remember that you are on the same team. Why? You want to present a united front, showing your family how happy you are, what a great connection you have. The family wants to see it too.
5. Mail a "Thank You" note. Your first impression ends after the end of the trip; all is well that ends well. Mail a handwritten letter to his/her parents expressing your gratitude for their hospitality. If the visit ended well, then this gesture can only make you look better; if the visit did not end well, then this letter might help matters.
What advice do YOU have for meeting his/her parents for the first time?
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