7 Things To Do If Your Parents Don’t Like Your Significant Other
Here’s how to make your parents like your partner.
You love your significant other. You love your parents. But what do you do when your parents don’t love your significant other? What happens when your romantic relationship and your family relationship just don’t mesh? What do you do? Don’t worry. You’re not alone in this predicament. This is a problem that has plagued many couples before. Just because your parents don’t like your partner doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not going to last. There are plenty of possibilities here and they all depend on the choices that you make regarding this situation.
Just to get it out of the way, yes, it’s true. The fact that your parents don’t like your partner is just an unfortunate situation for you to be in. Many people all over the world empathize with you on that front. It’s very discouraging to know that the people who gave you life and raised you in this world aren’t very supportive of the romantic choices that you make. You want so much for your romantic world to merge seamlessly with the world of your family, but your parents are just making it a little too difficult for you to do so. It’s a narrative straight out of a Shakespearean novel.
But you don’t have to fret. This narrative doesn’t always have to have a sad ending. In some cases, as bleak as things may seem, there is a workaround. A lot of the dislike from your parents can stem from small and simple things that you can possibly fix or improve upon. You just have to maintain hope and you can’t be discouraged. You just have to have the willingness to actually try and change things.
Don’t know how to start going about repairing the relationships between your partner and your parents? Well, that’s what this article is for. Just pay attention to the tips listed here. Try them out for size and hope for the best. Here are some things that you could do if your parents don’t like your significant other.
1. Maintain a positive outlook on things.
Positivity is always a good thing to maintain especially when you’re faced with an unfortunate situation. You have to be able to maintain a healthy perspective on things. If you let the negativity of your parents get to you, then it doesn’t really help the situation that you’re in at all. You have to be optimistic and hope that things can still change.
2. Try to spot common interests and passions between your partner and parents.
Remember that a lot of the animosity between your partner and your parents can stem from fundamental differences in beliefs and philosophies. For instance, maybe they don’t see eye to eye on religious or political issues. When that’s the case, you have to make sure to focus on the things that won’t make the conflict any worse.
3. Try to really see where your parents are coming from.
Sometimes, a shift in perspective is all you really need to see things more clearly. At first, you might not really understand why your parents don’t love the person you’re in love with. Maybe if you try to see things from their point of view, you can get a clearer perspective on what’s causing the problem and how you could possibly solve it.
4. Give your partner a heads up.
If you know that your parents are going to give your significant other a hard time, then at least have the courtesy to let them know about it. After all, you would also want to know if your partner’s parents didn’t like you. This way, you can give your partner an opportunity to prepare and brace themselves for whatever is about to come.
5. Defend your significant other.
Take your partner’s side. You have to be willing to fight for your love. Your parents will be more understanding of your defiance; but if you betray your partner, they won’t be as patient and understanding. Make sure that your partner doesn’t feel alone in this fight; and that you’re always willing to stand up for them even to your parents.
6. Get everything all out into the open with your family.
Don’t be afraid to just talk things out. If you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked, then go ahead and just going with barebone communication methods. Talk things out with your parents. Hear their side of the story. Let them know how you feel and make them understand why this situation is really upsetting to you.
7. Learn to accept your inability to change things.
And after it all, things still aren’t ideal, then just learn to accept it. You can’t control or manipulate everything. And when you’ve tried your best, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You just have to learn how to try to make your parents and your partner coexist in a world where they dislike one another.
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