When you meet the love of your life, it is often a thing between just you, your friends, your partner, her friends, and some other people. Making a good first impression is very important and cannot be overemphasized.
Most times, neither your folks nor hers know about it till some time later.
But when the time comes to be introduced to your partner’s parents and family, how can you leave a lasting positive impression on them?
- Dress for the occasion
Nigerian parents are still generally impressed by moderate, modest dressing, so that should be where you start from.
You want to impress them, not appear too flashy or flamboyant. Keyword: modesty. Start with the basics. You need to look nice, well-groomed, and clean. Pretty basic, logical stuff.
- Keep your hands to yourself
Understandably, you and your partner are often touchy and expressive with yourselves but around her parents, cool down with the physical contact.
- Play it cool
Your girl’s family will be curious about your career, goals, and education. Don’t take it as a way of undermining you as a person, it’s done with the best intention.
- Don’t ever get drunk
In order to make a good first impression, you might be offered alcohol especially if drinking is normal in the family, and that’s fine.
However, if you accept the offer, be careful and never get drunk. No matter how freely the booze flows, do not get high on it.
- Offer to assist
Your hosts would have put some effort into making you comfortable on your visit. The least you can do is to offer to help with some chores while you are there.
Most times, they’ll decline, but still, you need to offer that assistance. It looks good on you to be courteous.
- Appreciate them
There’s a big chance that her parents were informed about your coming, and they actually put things in place to entertain and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
You can absolutely charm them by being appreciative. Never forget, parents are big on politeness, courtesy and all that.