Preconceptions may make them defensive and hostile towards you.
Go into the situation with an open mind – they want you to like them as much as you want them to like you.
Things your partner has disclosed to you about their upbringing When you meet someone’s parents for the first time you’ll already have an impression of them from what your partner has told you about their upbringing.
Remember, it’s possible for children from the same family to have very different views of their childhood and often neither will agree on their parents.
This isn’t the time or the place for such references – parents are more interested in your qualities and character than in your prowess in the bedroom.
Thoughts of them having sex with anyone is just as unsettling as it is for children thinking about their parents having sex – we all know it happens but don’t necessarily want it to be a topic of conversation around the dinner table.
All sexual innuendo, overt flirting, references to previous sexual partners or sexual language should be avoided too.
The research also showed that most partners are introduced to friends for the first time after six dates or three weeks, and that people are most likely to introduce their new boy or girlfriend to their parents after 12 dates or six weeks.
No matter how old you are or how many times you’ve done it before, meeting someone’s parents is stressful.
Anything to do with your sex life It doesn’t matter how enlightened parents are, they don’t want to think about their child’s sex life.
Even if their child’s in their 40s, they’re still their little girl or boy.