How to Survive Dinner with the Parents (and other things you don’t want to do)

Apr 5th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Life After Graduation, Relationships and Family

I’m no stranger to seeing the look of dread in my boyfriend’s eyes when I ask him to do something I know he doesn’t want to do. I can almost see the gears quickly turning in his head as he tries to come up with a way to get out of it without pissing me off. Usually doesn’t happen. After you’ve been with your girl long enough, you know that WE know when you don’t want to do someone. If we ask you to do it anyway, it’s because we really want you to do it.

And what is “it”? Anything from dinner with the parents to swimsuit shopping to going to a sunrise service at church. The same is true in reverse - sometimes guys ask their girlfriends to do things they really don’t want to do. Instead of spending your time attempting to weasel your way out of whatever you don’t want to do, use these tips to survive instead:


She wants you to spend the weekend with the in-laws from hell? Instead, suggest that you get some stuff done around the house on Saturday while she visits and drive over on Sunday morning to join her. The same goes for any activity she wants you to do with her that you know you won’t enjoy—look for a lesser version and offer that instead.

Make Lemonade

Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say, but sometimes you really have to look for it. In any case, instead of getting negative, try to think happy thoughts. While you’re visiting with the parents, for example, there will be an extra set of people to watch the kids, meaning you can sneak away for a little afternoon delight. Or say she wants you to attend cooking classes with her. Make something with oysters—they’re a total aphrodisiac. Whatever it is that you don’t want to do, try to stay positive.


Note that there’s a point where bargaining goes too far, but if it’s something you really don’t want to do, put your chips on the table. She wants you to take the kids to a hot and crowded amusement park so she can have a spa day with her lady friends? Do it with pleasure if she’ll take them to dinner and a movie so you can host poker night later in the week.

Remember, some of the things your sweetie wants you to do might actually be fun. Give it a shot at least! A past boyfriend discovered how great wine festivals can be, for example, and it works in the other way as well—I’m actually beginning to enjoy golf a bit (ok, mini golf…but still…). When you’re in a relationship with someone, go with the flow. You don’t have to do every activity together, but sometimes doing something that you don’t want to do just to make your girl happy is the best way to show that you care.

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