What Its Like To Meet Your Girlfriend's Parents
Start writing a post

What Its Like To Meet Your Girlfriend's Parents

There comes a point in every serious relationship where you have to meet your significant other's parent(s). While this is slightly terrifying, it is a good sign that your S.O. wants them to meet you.

What Its Like To Meet Your Girlfriend's Parents
Personal Photo

Over this past weekend, I went home with my girlfriend to meet her parents. Typically, I am pretty good with parents. I grew up as a military kid, so I had manners and respect drilled into me from the start, which in this day and age, a little bit of respect goes a long way. However, I was still extremely nervous. Things in our relationship had gone very well up to this point and I did not want to mess anything up this weekend.

In the weeks leading up to the trip, I started to get really anxious. What would I do when I met them? Are they the hugging type or the handshake type? Are they going to judge me immediately from the way I look? I had all of these thoughts running through my mind. It got to the point where I even had a few dreams about it going terribly wrong. I constantly told myself to just breathe and be myself and if they like me, then great and if they don't, then its not the end of the world.

After a long, six-hour car ride (of me napping and her driving), we finally got there. It was nothing like I expected it to be and very different than anything that I was used to. I knew going there that I did have a small advantage; since her father is ex-military, I could use some of that military brat charm. Growing up, I was taught that first impressions are everything so I knew I couldn't mess it up. I gave her dad a solid handshake and the weekend just went uphill from there!

One thing that I definitely recommend doing when meeting parents is having activities planned. It helps relieve a lot of tension and awkward silences. Thankfully, her family seemed to be pretty good with relaxing and watching shows or a movie, which I wasn't going to complain about! Although we still did at least one thing a day, just hanging out was a nice way to bond. On Sunday we went boating for the day with her family and family friends. That was my favorite day. Everyone was super friendly and funny and we had a great time. That was the day that I bonded most and the one time I wasn't just trying to impress everyone.

I also recommend finding something in common with each person. For her dad, I talked to him about sports and for her dad's fiancé, I talked about cooking and life experiences. There was a time where I had a nice one-on-one with her dad while he was cleaning his boat. Alone time that isn't forced is a great way to get to know the parent and a great way for them to get to know you without interference. After that, I knew I had this weekend in the bag. The rest of it went very smoothly and I left their house with hugs and confidence.

It was a scary experience but it was worth it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ready or not, here come the holidays, friends, and if you're as obsessed with the spirit of the season as I am, you are much more ready than not. Thanks to Hallmark Channel's Monopoly game making it possible to celebrate all year long, you can be ready now, too!

Keep Reading... Show less
Stephanie Tango

The pandemic has been in our world for more than half of 2020 and people are still acting stupid. If anything, they're getting stupider. They think that the virus is gone. It's not. Stop going to frat parties. Stop trying to go places without a mask. I wish things were normal, too. They're not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Kai Parlett

In the summer of 2017, 20 type 1 diabetics completed a 10-week 4,000+ mile bike ride from New York to California. They biked against the advice of doctors, family, and friends. Many were skeptical that people with diabetes could complete such a physically challenging trip without putting themselves in danger due to their disease.

Keep Reading... Show less

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.


I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less

We all love a good ol' sappy Christmas movie and this year, the Hallmark Channel is finally giving us what we want: diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Seasonal Depression Is Real And It Deserves Our Attention

Check in on your friends throughout the winter season, it can be brutal.


As we transition seasons and enter the last few months of the year, some are feeling grand about this natural shift. But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression.

The lack of sunlight during the later seasons of the year, beginning with autumn, triggers a state of depression for about 15% of the population. This results in the lack of serotonin provided by the sun, causing it to be hard for some to do a lot of the things that would normally be deemed simple tasks to do during the earlier times in the year like getting out of bed, showering, going to work/school, etc. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

September Is Suicide Awareness Month, But Mental H​ealth Is An Everyday Discussion

Mental illnesses deserve our attention 365 days a year.


September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present. Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments