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With holiday’s come family time and we have some helpful advice for meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time.

If you’re in a new relationship this year, congrats. Spending the holidays with the one you love makes it that much better, but it also means you’re going to meet their parents, if you haven’t had the pleasure yet. Since we know you want to make a great first impression, here’s what you can do to calm your nerves and ease your stress before the big meeting.

Do something nice for yourself – Look, it’s already a stressful time of year and when you add in meeting the parents for the first time, it can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be and taking the time to do something nice for yourself will help relax you. So get a mani, go to a yoga class and remind yourself that the parents will like you, too.

Do something nice for your partner’s parents – Having dinner at their house? Bring some fancy cheese and charcuterie. Meeting for lunch or a drink? Send a handwritten thank you note later, and flowers are always a nice touch.

Remind yourself that you are an adult woman – And that means you will be able to bite your tongue to avoid controversial topics and disagreements the first time you meet your S.O.’s family. It might be hard, but you can do it.

Be clear on where you stand in the relationship – If you’re not sure how serious you feel about your partner, it could make you more insecure when you meet their parents. So know where you stand so you’re not so nervous when you do.

Hopefully these help, if not there’s always eggnog!