13 easy ways to win over your in-laws

If these don't work, I don't know what will.

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  • If you're married, or planning on marrying their favorite child, you're already at a disadvantage with possible future in-laws. Then, being on their bad side could make the rest of your life a whole lot more difficult, so impressing them is your first priority.

  • Here are some totally serious and non-satirical tips to help you leave the best impression next time you see your in-laws.

  • 1. The father-in-law will be paying attention to the roughness of your hands.

  • If you have soft hands, squeeze a few drops of super glue onto your palms before the handshake. Make sure to give it time to dry.

  • 2. When asked how work is going, reply with, "Let's just say it's a piece of cake." Remove a piece of cake from your jacket pocket. In-laws enjoy bad puns.

  • 3. If you crack a good joke, don't be afraid to give yourself a high-five.

  • Showing confidence is good.

  • 4. Studies show attractive people are more likeable. Take every opportunity you can to subtly flex.

  • 5. Speaking clearly and loudly is more memorable.

  • Speak a little louder than the average person. Don't break eye contact.

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  • 6. Physical contact is a sign you're comfortable around them.

  • Occasionally brush the back of your hand against their cheek.

  • 7. When they ask how you're doing, say "Irrelevant. My complete and undivided attention is on you."

  • Make them do some talking.

  • 8. Show that you're on more than a first name basis.

  • Call them by a unique nickname every time you talk. Stray more and more from their real name each time. Jim. Jay. J-dog. Jay-Z. Jay Jay. Bluejay. Birdman.

  • 9. You want them to like you, but don't present yourself as a pushover.

  • Rearrange their furniture a little bit so they know you're not afraid to take control of a situation.

  • 10. Show you can provide for both yourself and your significant other by offering everyone string cheese every few minutes.

  • If they refuse, procure said cheese from your pocket and eat it whole, because that's how you roll.

  • 11. Every time your father-in-law talks about something manly, growl like Tim the Toolman Taylor.

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  • 12. Whenever either in-law mentions your significant other, catcall.

  • They need to know you find their son/daughter attractive.

  • 13. Relate to them as much as you can.

  • For example, dress like whichever decade your in-laws grew up in.

  • Try these out and comment with your experiences!

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David Snell is a writer for the FamilyShare team. He's trilingual (English, Spanish and Movie Quotes). He's got a BA in communications and is married to one incredibly fantastic girl.

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