Source: Tony Jurich, professor of marriage and family therapy
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WRAP 1: Meeting the parents of a boyfriend or girlfriend during the holidays can be stress-free by following a few rules
SUGGESTED LEAD: THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY PEOPLE WILL BE BRINGING THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS TO "MEET THE PARENTS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. AN EXPERT IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY AT K-STATE EXPLAINS WHY MEETING THE PARENTS IS SO NERVE-WRACKING, AND OFFERS WAYS TO HELP MAKE THE EVENT A LITTLE LESS STRESSFUL. LANICE THOMSON REPORTS.
FOR MANY OF US, MEETING THE PARENTS OF A BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IS VERY STRESSFUL. TONY JURICH, PROFESSOR OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY AT K-STATE SAYS IT'S A DIFFICULT TIME BECAUSE WE MAY SEE OUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AS AN ADULT, BUT PARENTS SEE THE CHILD THEY'VE KNOW SINCE BIRTH. JURICH OFFERS SOME TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION WITH THE PARENTS. . . .
(Jurich :23 "The first thing to do is come across in terms of you try to understand them and their rules and their values, and whatever the house rules are, whatever their traditions are particularly around the holiday time, traditions are very important. Then you can introduce yourself as an independent person, state some of your good qualities, but always come across as being flexible."
LANICE THOMSON, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY.