What importance does family approval of your partner play in your relationship? If your parents and/or siblings are active members in your life, they could add a lot of stress to your relationship if they don’t like your partner.
I just came back from a 10 day family vacation where my boyfriend of one year met my parents, sister and my sister’s husband for the first time.
My family, including my boyfriend, had booked this cruise 8 months ago. My boyfriend was a bit nervous as he said, “We have only been dating 5 months and the cruise is 8 months away…time wise that is farther away than we have been dating. What if we break up before then?”
I smirked and giggled as I said, “Then just pretend to be happy until October and after the cruise we can break up!”
My brother-in-laws sister and husband joined us on the cruise as well. To make a long story short, my sister and her in-laws don’t get along very well. It causes a lot of stress in their marriage.