It’s always best to go prepared, here’s how.
Do researchThe best person to give you all the answers is your man because he’s known them all his life. You want to find what their names are, and look at pictures as well in order not to confuse them. You will need to find out what their interests are, it will come in handy when you have to engage in conversations.
Dress accordinglyAuthor and psychologist Dr Theresa Didonato says that a first impression is a lasting impression, potentially shaping the quality of future interaction, so you should get this right.
You don’t want to raise eyebrows upon arrival, so be sure of the type of set up you’re going into. A typical ‘meet the parents’ is usually over lunch or dinner at their home so smart and comfortable clothes should do.
Don’t pitch empty-handedIt could be flowers for his mom or a bottle of wine, whatever the occasion don’t show up empty handed. Bringing a small gift shows good manners and will definitely score you brownie points.
Familiarise yourself with the rulesEach family has it’s own rules so learn these before going. You don’t want to offend anyone by doing something out of their norm.
Don’t wait to be servedEven though you aren’t really keen on helping out but offer just so you don’t come across as the rude and spoilt.
Keep the conversations lightWeather, politics and the economy are a great way to start small talk. Nobody wants a heated conversation on the state of the education system in the country.