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Free marriage counseling: Being Good With Your Partner's Extended Family

Your partner's extended family is important to him or her. The members of your partner's family includes parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Showing respect, kindness, and being friendly with your partner's extended family is an important way of giving love directly to your partner.

When you married your partner, you inherited his or her extended family. You may or may not like various members. Regardless, because of your love and respect for your partner, you need to be good with all of his or her extended family members.

If you happen to like various members of your partner's extended family, consider this a wonderful bonus. However, it is not the criteria that should determine how you treat them. You should always treat them good, because this is what your partner needs.

Certainly, you know how to be respectful and friendly with people you don't like. You know very well how to be respectful to an employer, a customer, a client, a neighbor, or a policeman.

Your treatment of these individuals is not dependent on your feelings about them, rather you understand for your own good you need to be good with them. The same is true with members of your partner's extended family. If you expect a healthy and happy relationship with your husband or wife, you need to be good to his or her extended family members.

Yes, it is that simple!

Note: If you understand the above, but your partner does not, you should still be good to his or her extended family. You know that two wrongs don't make a right. As well, being a role model for your partner bodes well for the future. Hopefully, he or she will understand that as you are good to his or her extended family, so too he or she should be good to your extended family.

Now take the test:

 


If you did not pass the test...

You understand you need to be good with your partner's extended family. However, the test you just took indicates that you are falling short of the necessary requirements to please your partner and give him or her love through being good to his or her extended family.

Here are three suggestions to help you understand clearer the need to be good with your partner's extended family and how to do it:

1. Speak to a family therapist or another relationship specialist that can help explain to you how to get along better.

2. Find someone in your extended family or a friend that is skilled at building relationships that can give you some useful tips.

3. Ask yourself the question: Imagine if I had an excellent relationship with members of my extended family, how would I like my husband or wife to treat them?