Taking a date home to meet your parents is a big step, and fathers are notoriously hard to impress. Will they hit it off or will the visit be a disaster?
To smooth the way for an enjoyable first encounter, run a Romantic Compatibility report to make sure you're a good match. Then catch a clue from your dad's zodiac sign. Here are some ways to help your date get ready for Dad, along with suggestions for what kinds of get-togethers might work best.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
If your dad is an energetic, competitive Aries, steer the conversation in the direction of his latest pursuit. Better yet, suggest bowling, pool, cards or any game where his inner winner can shine. His childlike enthusiasm makes him a lot of fun, so don't be surprised if he captivates your date's attention.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Traditions are important to your dad, which makes holidays one of the best times to bring someone new into your family circle. Watch out for touchy topics. You know how far you can push your dad, but your date doesn't. Be prepared to step in and redirect the conversation if it heads into dangerous territory.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Gemini dads often act like kids themselves, so they're likely to treat you and your date more like friends than a generation apart. Warn your date about your dad's dual personality, which can turn on a dime. As long as your date doesn't take it personally, the moment will pass and all will be fun and games again.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Advise your date to move in slowly. Even though this dad's a big softy inside, he tends to keep newcomers at arm's length until they earn his trust. Being the homebody dad of the zodiac, he usually has a hobby or two to show off. Advise your date to take an interest ... a sure way to get him to open his protective shell.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
This guy's easy to handle. Lavish him with attention and praise and he'll open his generous heart. You may need to prepare your date for his egoist ways. The key is to not judge him or try to balance time in the limelight. Let him hog the stage and he'll be your loyal pussycat forever.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
This dad can be a bit of a nitpicker, full of advice that is annoying at times...but it's just his way of showing how much he cares. If your dad is embarrassed by open affection -- like many Virgos -- be sure to let your date know. And be prepared to steer the conversation away from areas that might tweak his inner worrywart.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Everybody likes your dad and your date will be no exception. His charm and diplomatic nature make him one of the easiest guys to be around. Arguing is not his style, so keep the conversation on a non-confrontational track. He likes to give advice ... and it's usually good ... so encourage your date to tap his wisdom.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
This macho guy is a powerful protector of his family. He'll use his sixth-sense to make sure your date is good enough for you. Let your date know that getting the third degree is also a distinct possibility. The key is to answer all of Dad's questions honestly, because he can sniff a lie a mile away.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
If your Sag dad loves sporting events, this can be a great way to introduce your date. They can bond while caught up in the frenzy of cheering for a local team. Your dad is also quite fond of humor, so tell your date to come prepared with some knee-slapper jokes.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Cap rules fatherhood, making this the quintessential dad of the zodiac. He's devoted, hard working, dependable ... all those things a dad should be. But he's a black-and-white thinker, can be opinionated and may be out of touch with younger generations. Caution your date about any conversations to avoid.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
This is the hang-loose dad ... always up to the moment with the latest trends ... and maybe still introducing some himself. His ideas and pursuits can be shocking, so be sure to give your date the scoop before you arrive. Love him or hate him, this dad will never bore you.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Your dad has always been a big pushover, ready to follow your dreams with you to the end of the rainbow. Invite him to share in whatever dream you share with your date ... whether that be a romantic getaway or marriage down the road. He's imaginative, intuitive and just an all-around nice guy ... so it's a pleasure to include him in your plans.