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You Will Need
- A family meeting
- A dinner together
- A group date
- A token gift (optional)
- A dish to pass (optional)
Show your parents how responsible you are by maintaining a high grade point average, keeping your room clean, and taking care of yourself.
Have a family meeting
Set up a family meeting to gauge your parents' openness to the idea. Be positive and keep your temper. Blowing up and getting angry won't convince them of you maturity.
Invite the person over
Invite the person over for dinner so your parents can meet them and see how responsible they are.
Emphasize good qualities
Emphasize the good things about them, such as their education or job, but don't lie or try to hide anything. They'll eventually find out anyway.
Tell them they're more mature
Explain to your parents that older people are more mature. Instead of going to keg parties, they can take you to the theater.
Obey parents' rules
Show your parents that the person is responsible and respectful by making sure they obey your parents' rules, such as curfew and driving rules.
Suggest a group date
Suggest a group date if your parents won't let you go out alone. Your parents are concerned about your safety, and there's safety in numbers.