Meeting the parents is a big step in a relationship that, over the years, has been heavily lampooned in media—for a reason. A lot can go wrong when you're meeting a significant other's parents for the first time, whether the meeting was planned or completely accidental.
One can inadvertently toss out insults, clog a toilet, or witness death—a few examples of what happened in these 25 stories shared on Twitter and a number of different Reddit threads. The tales cover pretty much all the bases of embarrassing and terrible situations that could arise during an initial meeting.
1. The first lesson for meeting a parent is to never make assumptions, like this poor person did.
I met his mom and said "oh this must be your grandmother"
2. It's nice that Zavarakatranemi's ex's mom could be happy for her son.
I was at my ex's house while his mother was away (we were both 20) and we were having sex quite happily and loudly. After we both finished, and I was laying half-on top of him, the door opened and his mother stared at us from outside his room.
She had this cold smirk on her lips, turned to her son, simply said "Hey X, congratulations, but keep it down, will ya?" and walked away. I was so embarassed, I got dressed in record time, trying to sneak out as fast and quietly as possible, and I didn't even put on my underwear to save time.
She was waiting for me at the kitchen, looking way too amused by the situation. As I passed by, she coughed to get my attention and said "You must be Z. Let's have a chat, shall we?" as she patted a chair for me to sit.
I had no choice but to sit down, panties and bra in hand, and talk to her for the first time.
TL;DR My ex's mom caught us having sex, then forced me in a convo with her while I was still holding my underwear
3. When things are looking up, there's always a period just around the corner to ruin the day, as @izzydan knows.
4. Ang1885 made the mistake of not ensuring the toilet flushed properly.
I went to Virginia to meet my husband's mom for the first time and we stayed at her house. She showed us around and I excused myself to use the bathroom.
I flushed the toilet and it made a weird sound but I thought it wasn't a big deal. They were talking about some pictures in the hallway not to far away and after a minute or two I notice water is coming from under the door of the bathroom.
I just stood there thinking about how horrible this was going to be when his mom noticed and ran in. The toilet overflowed and my poop was on the floor. She said don't worry about it, go in the living room. I sat in the living room horrified and wondered how this could happen the first hour of our week long stay.
When I went to check on things it was like it never happened. She cleaned everything up including my poop and we've never talked about it in the last eight years.
TL;DR My future mother in law cleaned my poop off the floor.
5. Fortunately Martyn Littlewood didn't partake in this very awkward scene. He only observed.
6. The family of seinsmignon's ex came off a little strongly.
7. Hats off to CobraCommanderp for salvaging this meeting.
I'm Mexican. My wife is white. I met her family for the first time when we started to date at her Aunt's annual Halloween party.
My wife's parents didn't know I was going to be there. They were dressed up as Mexicans. As in full-on colorful sarapes, sombreros, dark wigs and her dad has the thickest fake mustache. They walk in, my wife is speechless. Her parents look at me and the whole house gets quiet.
I look at them for a second, pause, then ask: "Mom, Dad, what are you doing here?". Everyone started laughing. The rest of the night was a blast and they're the coolest inlaws ever.
8. @Joolsd encountered the type of dad every dude hopes his girlfriend doesn't have.
9. Pattiaa brought her boyfriend home and depending on how cool he was, this either went over really well or very poorly.
Brought my first college boyfriend home for Thanksgiving - we were greeted by my parents in full Star Trek uniforms, dad was wearing spock ears, both giving the "live long and prosper" salute.
They ordered pizza and the delivery guy asks my dad why he didn't just have the pizza beamed over.
10. Maybe @rubbishgatsby picked up a new word or two from this meeting?
11. Wanderso24's ex girlfriend had very, verrrry overprotective parents.
12. Sneakystratus had a rather uncomfortable and naked time with her ex's disapproving mother.
My ex boyfriend wanted me to meet his parents, and he told me they wanted to meet me too. We decided to drive up to their place in the bay area (we lived in Orange County at the time) for Thanksgiving.
I'm white, and he (and thus his parents) are Chinese. I normally wouldn't mention this, but apparently my whiteness made them not approve of me, and therefore not actually want to meet me. I didn't know they didn't want to meet me, otherwise I wouldn't have driven six hours and showed up at their house.
When we knocked on their door, his mother answered, looked at me and said (in Cantonese) "I told you not to bring the white girl here". More was said in Cantonese (I understood none of it).
To save money, his parents did not have the boiler on, nor did they have heat in the house. Not having a boiler meant not having hot water, and therefore not having showers. To remedy this, they had a membership at 24 hour fitness, where they went every night to have a shower.
They insisted that we go to 24 hour fitness for a shower, literally 15 minutes after showing up at their house. 24 hour fitness has communal showering. I'm absolutely terrified of communal showering.
I had to get naked with my boyfriend's mother, 15 minutes after meeting her. At that point, she had never spoken a word to me in English. The first actual communication she showed me was to thrust a hairdryer in my hands.
Anyway, the next few days were excruciatingly uncomfortable. Next to nothing was said in English at all, and I felt like everybody hated me. I spent several days just being as quiet, submissive, and polite as possbile. I was sent to his mother's garden to pull weeds in the sun for a few hours, and after that she apparently began liking me.
Later in the week she decided I needed a checkup at the doctor (for what reason, I don't know). Turns out she scheduled me for a vaginal exam, conducted by a man. A man who I don't know. A man who spoke in really broken English.
I explained to her that I was not comfortable with any of this. It was horrible and embarrassing.
TL;DR I got naked with my boyfriend's mom 15 minutes after meeting her. She hated me. Later she scheduled me for a fucking pelvic exam, and didn't bother explaining to me what was happening until we were there.
13. Good for MadLintElf for making the right decision in this creepy scenario.
She only had her mother, her father passed away when she was young.
I go to her house to wait for her to get home and meet her mom, she has a bottle of dewars on the table. Her mom was pleasant (not drunk at the time) and she offers me a drink. I normally don't drink the hard stuff, but I decided to be polite and take it.
Her mother gets a phone call, apparently my new GF is going to be about 2 hours late. The mother sits down next to me on the couch and tells me.
Then the unthinkable happens, her mom (not very attractive by the way) puts her hand on my upper thigh. She says we have 2 hours if I'm interested and smiles.
Now at the time I was only 18, but I had enough common sense to GTFO real quick.
Meet up with my GF later on that night and don't even bring up what happened (what good could it do right?).
2 days later my GF shows up at my house and is wide eyed, her breath is labored (she ran to my house). She tells me that one of her best friends just told her that he slept with her mom. I ask when it happened, and she said 2 nights ago.
So made the right choice!
14. That must've been a long night for extracreddit1.
I met my girlfriend's parents at their summer house the summer after my sophomore year in college. Though their daughter spoke highly of me, I was intimidated by their strict demeanor.
They arrived at the house late at night with my girlfriend's sister and brother, and because it was late, I introduced myself to them and everyone went to sleep. I shared a room with my girlfriend's younger brother.
Around 2AM, I began sleepwalking over to her brother's bed. The brother's room was laid out similar to my room at home, so I thought I was in my bedroom at home. I panicked when I felt someone's warm face in the other bed.
I could not find the light switch so I began to attack the "intruder" (her brother) while screaming and swearing at him. I punched her brother in the face multiple times, even as he begged me to stop (note: I had never thrown a punch before).
Her parents rushed into the bedroom, fully dressed, with their Great Dane on his leash, barking and lunging aggressively. When the lights turned on, her parents saw me in my boxers with my fists raised over their son. Her brother and I laid wide awake, silently, for the rest of the night.
TL;DR I suckerpunched my girlfriend's younger brother while sleepwalking.
15. Wren42's story isn't exactly about parents, but it's close enough and very bad.
- Taking shower at girlfriends house while she's not there.
- Hear the cats knocking shit over in the next room.
- Run into kitchen naked screaming "CUT IT OUT!"
- It's her 85 year old grandma stopping by to pick up some mason jars.
- Stand there dripping naked having just screamed at an old woman.
16. At least coldsandovercoats's ex's mom isn't always like that, right?
I went to stay with my ex's family one weekend, as we met at school and our families both lived a few hours away. His mom had just had facial surgery and was more than a bit doped up from pain medications.
My ex and I were standing in the kitchen with his mom and brother when she decided to tell us that we needed to wait until after dinner to have sex. She also decided to show me that she owned a Shake Weight, and asked if I needed to use it to improve my handjobs.
She then asked her son if I needed to work on that while trying to press he Shake Weight into my hands.
Yep, that was weird.
When my father finally met my mothers parents, the first thing Grandpa did was pants my father in public. Grandpa is not a mature man.
18. Quiteright made a good impression on the dogs, and only the dogs.
My girlfriend had me over for dinner at her parent house for the first time. Steak dinner with all of the fixins'. I take my first bite, swallow, immediately start choking.
I'm so scared that I'm going to make a bad impression, so I took a drink of water to try to wash it down. Didn't work, so after about fifteen seconds without a single breath my face turns red, so I start freaking out an point at my throat.
So my girlfriends mom does the Heimlich maneuver and I throw up all over the floor. Her two miniature schnauzers start licking up the aftermath, girlfriend's dad puts his napkin down and leaves the room.
19. Ohsnapitsdevin's story is is about bonding.
My ex and I started out as a casual relationship. One day after having sex, I went from his room to his bathroom to clean up, and because no one was home I didn't cover myself up.
I'm halfway down the hallway and his mom comes around the corner (she had JUST come home) and laughed at me saying, "oh hey! It's good to know you're a true redhead too!"
I wanted to die.
20. Bold power play by the mom of c_is_4_cookie's girlfriend.
We had driven up to Chicago where my girlfriend's parents lived to visit for a weekend. Her mom said to her just before we took off, "just swing by the office (her parents are dentists) so you can get a cleaning while you are here. I will also schedule a chair for c_is_4_cookie as well."
So my first meeting with her parents involved her mom cleaning my teeth while asking me questions. I have to admit, it was an impressive coup.
22. Without a doubt, FetusChrist has the worst meeting the parents story. The worst. Warning: this gets very dark.
23. On a lighter note, professor_doom is not a well-regarded driver.
I was running late to meet her family for the first time and only a few miles from my destination, the car ahead of me was creeping along at 35mph in a 45mph zone.
I'm impatient, so I rode their ass pretty hard. They slowed down even more to spite me, so when I finally had a chance to pass them, I got a good look at the stink faces looking back at me as sailed by. I wanted to see what these assholes looked like! Turns out they looked exactly like my girlfriend's parents. I pulled into her house and a minute later, they did too.
After exchanging icy pleasantries, I explained how I had been running late and nervous and excited to meet them and that I don't normally drive like that. Fortunately, they seemed to believe me and let it go.
I went on to date my girlfriend for many years afterward and the only evidence that it ever happened was her father good-naturedly calling me "Speedy Gonzalez" from time to time. Oh and he never let me drive when we went out together.
24. @Unfortunatalie hopefully finished off that sentence with a massive compliment.
25. Camerontylek has a way with words.
At least only one parent was insulted.