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Meeting the Prospective In-Laws

January 29, 2014

Our son has been dating a wonderful young woman for about 9 months and we have been invited to meet her parents:

I’m getting ready:

Clean clothes:     check

Haircut:                check

Trim beard:          check

Pick up gift:          check

Bathe the dog:      check

As for my wife:

Hairdresser:        check

Manicure:            check

Another gift:        check

Choose clothes:  check

The real lesson here is that as parents, we want to be the kind of parents our children can take pride in. When meeting the prospective in-laws, our children will not want their parents to reflect poorly upon them in the eyes of the other parents. We only have one chance at a first impression and we want our children never to experience shame, but pride.

Now, I hope I don’t blow it when I open my mouth!

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker.


Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

(905) 628-4847

Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.

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  1. Brennan (your son) permalink

    that second gift better be for me 🙂

  2. We met and it was delightful – very lovely family.

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