Q: How do you introduce yourself when your teenager’s friends meet you for the first time? Is it ‘Hi, I am Corry Schreck’ or is it ‘Hi, I am Mrs Schreck’? Our daughter is beginning to date and we require meeting the young man before he takes her out. Our daughter would prefer to have her coat on and rushes to answer the door. I feel that she should give us a little bit of time to make introductions, small chit-chat and be on their way. What is a parent to do?
A: It would be appropriate to introduce yourself as “Mrs. Schreck.” Nonetheless, you are correct in asking your daughter to ask her date to come in and meet you. If your daughter objects, you may simply say that, as her parents and responsible for her, that you are entitled to meet her date before they go out.