Dating etiquette meeting parents

"On the cycle of all the important events in the life of a family, a marriage is, in some ways, considered a crisis because it changes so many things that the family has to adjust to," says.

Meeting your significant others' folks is a situation that can be so awkward, it's no wonder Hollywood has plumbed the moment for all it's worth ("Meet the Parents," "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? Now, dear moms and dads out there, a part of that awkwardness has a little something to do with you.

In an attempt to keep the awkward throat clearing to a minimum when you meet your child's boyfriends or girlfriends, here is a list of things parents shouldn't do when getting to know their kids' significant others. From the blatant criticism to the backhanded compliment, keep your initial opinions to yourself -- especially when the offending party is right there.

Say your son's girlfriend walks in wearing a dress that's more appropriate for a night of clubbing than a Sunday dinner at home. Facebook stalk and then reference said Facebook stalking.

D., a marriage and family therapist who, with her husband Les Parrott, runs the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University.

"We believe that because our respective parents love us and want the best for us, that a relationship between them will naturally form." When it doesn’t, it can be quite a shock.

"Letting go of that myth can be tough." My husband and I come from the same area—we’re both New Yorkers—and share the same religious background. In these days of people marrying across regional, religious, racial and economic lines, not to mention juggling families filled with multiple step-parents, that should have made things a lot easier.

But with in-law relationships, "easy" is a relative term.

Its a reality TV show based around the oh so shocking idea that a fit person (they really should say slim) could be attracted to a fat person.“That Girl” was wearing six-inch heels (no exaggeration) and with every other step, she was twisting an ankle.Her dress was sparkly (not bad) and only just covered her booty (very bad, especially when dancing). I always feel for “That Girl” because her date probably didn’t tell her what she should wear or she simply didn’t know.I’ve gathered a variety of information from personal experience to share with you.Here is a list of information so you don’t wind up being “That Girl.” THE ATTIRE * * * Sarah Peachey is a 20-something journalist from Pennsylvania, back in the Mid-Atlantic after voyages to the Deep South and Southwest. She began a career in journalism with The Fort Polk Guardian, an installation newspaper, winning three state awards for her work, and she now freelances for military spouse support sites and consults for Military One Click. She considers herself a bookworm, pianist, wine enthusiast and crossword addict.You have met someone who strikes your interest, but now you worry about the next steps.

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