Find the Perfect Gift for both Parents

Before meeting mom and dad (or mami y papi) do your homework. It worked well for Victor Ramirez, a 25-year-old Dominican personal trainer from New York City. He made sure he knew the likes and dislikes of his Italian girlfriend’s parents. Though no longer together, he made a great first impression when he visited her parents’ house for a barbeque. Ramirez not only met the parentals but also the entire family! The first part of preparing to meet the parents is to pick out the perfect gift. “She told me they liked wine and so we [bought a bottle],” Ramirez says. “She picked out the wine because she knows her parents best,” he concludes. This tactic works since it shows you’re considerate and tried to learn about their likes and dislikes. As for his current girlfriend, it was a little different since she is Latina. “It was slightly easier but you still have to do some work,” Ramirez says. In this case, he decided to woo her mother with a bouquet of red roses.

Say Yes To Seconds

When it comes to eating, finishing a plate is a sign of respect to Latino parents; as is saying “yes” to seconds even if you’re about to burst. Most Latina mothers pride themselves on their cooking. Latino families celebrate life and blessings with food so you will as well. When Adayna Gonzalez’ fiancé met her mother, it was a culture shock and quite a scene. Her mate just so happened to meet Mama during her very own birthday celebration which meant the entire family was present. Needless to say, there was tons of food. So, how did he handle it? “Compared to typical Latino families, he eats small portions,” Gonzalez explains. “Then there was the difference in food.”

Still, he literally sucked it up, eating everything on his plate and went in for seconds.

“The best advice I can give is for the man to eat it and smile until they’re comfortable with the parents,”

she counsels. You may gain a few extra pounds, but it will be worth it when mami flashes you a winning smile. Just add 30 minutes on the treadmill.

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About The Author

Sujeiry Gonzalez

Sujeiry Gonzalez is a vibrant writer, author and on-air talent that tells it like it is -- with just a little more sass and a ton of laughs. Coined the ‘Latina Carrie Bradshaw,’ she is the host of “The Sweet Spot with Sujeiry” on ChicRebellion TV. She’s rocked the relationship market since 2006, sharing her pearls of wisdom with CNN Latino, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Latina Magazine, and more. Author of Love Trips: A Collection of Relationship Stumbles, the 2013 Love Guru on Exitos 93.9FM owns LoveSujeiry Magazine – a community for women to dish on love, dating, sex and The Power of Self-First.

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