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Tips for Meeting the Parents

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time is a big deal. It will bring your relationship to a new level, and you want to make the right first impression. As you ponder the possibilities of the meeting, think about how you want to present yourself. Without exchanging dialogue, they will begin to form an opinion of you as you walk in the door. Don’t give them a reason to question their daughter’s judgement. Be a gentleman.
 
What you wear says a lot about you. If you look polished and sophisticated, you are sure to start off the meeting well. Pair a Skinny Tie with one of your favorite shirts and a nice pair of jeans or khakis. You don’t want to overdo it with a suit or anything, but too casual could imply that you didn’t make an effort. Somewhere in the middle is just right, and the Skinny Tie will add a nice touch.
 
Greet her parents with a warm smile, eye contact and a manly handshake. Address them as Mr. and Mrs. until they ask you to call them by their first names. Present mom with some flowers or a sincere, small token gift. Be engaged in conversation and ask questions. Avoid controversial topics, don’t interrupt, and don’t swear. Be polite and well-mannered throughout the meeting.
 
When you leave, be sure to thank them for the visit. Tell them it was a pleasure meeting them and shake hands once again. Leave them thinking good thoughts about you. 

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