The Bachelorette: Hometown Dates

On this week's The Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert met the four remaining guys' parents. While the hometown dates all went well, Ashley ended up sending Ames Brown, the most reserved guy, home.

Even though this is—obviously—a little different than meeting your boyfriend's parents in real life, we can learn from the bachelorette's experience. Here are some takeaways...

Don't come empty handed. Ashley arrived at each home with either a bottle of wine or flowers. While it's definitely right to bring a gift, do not bring something very expensive—it'll come across the wrong way.

Dress appropriately. Even though the bachelorette has a killer body, she kept her wardrobe classy on the hometown dates. Avoid low-cut shirts and high-cut dresses…you're not trying to turn his parents on.

Make yourself at home. Every family is different—do your best to adapt while still being yourself. Whether that means dancing with his Greek family (Constantine) or being mellow with his small family (Ben), make it work.

Don't drink too much. If they serve alcohol, make sure not to go overboard. It's nice to have a glass of wine or two to help loosen up—stop it there, you're not at a nightclub.

Don't rush it. The bachelorette met the remaining guys' parents pretty quickly. Before you step foot into his family's home, you and your boyfriend need to have had some important conversations about your future together.

How long do you think you should wait before meeting your boyfriend's parents?

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