When we see movie dads namedropping their trusty shotgun as they see
their daughters walkin’ out of the house on the arm of a new dude, it’s pretty
hysterical. But when it’s your dad staring down your way-nervous date? Yeah,
not so funny. While we can’t promise that’ll he drop the Man of Terror act completely,
here are a few convo starters that’ll make a big difference.
“Is it OK if Brian comes over to
watch the game?”
Why? Because having the new
guy over where he can see him—and see him interacting nicely with the whole
family—will make him more comfortable about letting him take you out on the
Be smart: Pick an occasion
that will allow your guy to shine. If he’s not a football fan, don’t invite him
over for the big game. If he’s shy, introducing him to the whole extended fam
at one time might do Dad’s dirty work for him!
“Hey dad, Brian’s thinking about
applying to Notre Dame. Why don’t you tell him about your undergrad there?”
Why? Because getting him
talking about something he’s passionate in and is eager to share with others
will get him past the desire to make your guy disappear.
Be smart: Head off the
intimidation factor by getting them engaged in a conversation about something
your guy and your dad have in common. Just, uh, avoid politics if the
similarities end with “they both like politics.” If they aren’t hollering over
the same thing, that’s not going to end well.
“Dad, it really upsets me when
you talk to Brian like that. I feel like you don’t trust me to pick a good guy.”
Why? Because he might think
it’s just fun and games, but really, he’s messing with your social life and
turning an already awkward situation into a disaster.
Be smart: Don’t accuse Dad
of being mean or over-protective—that’ll just put him on the defense. Instead, talk
about how his actions make you feel, to turn the conversation into a productive
What’s the worst thing your dad
has said to a date? Tell us your crazy stories in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/5/2013 2:32:00 PM
POSTED IN problems with my parents, my parents are way-strict, how to talk to parents