Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
How do I get the approval of my new girlfriend's friends?
First, keep in mind they’ll be eyeing you to see not only how much you dote on her when they’re looking but also, and more important, how much you dote when you think no one is: Do you pick up her napkin from the floor, look wistfully after her when she’s not by your side, get her a sweater because it’s getting chilly?
Second, remember all their names, where they went to school and their pets’ names. Refer back to them in the conversation so they can see you were paying attention. Ask about their friendship, her childhood, anything that will get you long-winded shaggy-dog stories about her past. Look enthralled.
Third, even if you’re vehemently opposed to PDA (public displays of affection), suck it up for now. Hold her hand, kiss her cheek, fiddle with her hair and make sure you do this all while looking very nonchalant.
Fourth, take chivalry to an extreme. Even if it feels corny or forced, pull out chairs, laugh at botched jokes and sympathize with incomprehensible girl angst.
Finally, even if Carmen Electra walks into the room topless, never let your gaze stray. You are being watched from all angles by several sources, and your first impression is priceless.