Dealing With Your Partner’s Strange Family
Meeting your new partner’s parents is always an intimidating and awkward experience, but the situation can become particularly uncomfortable if your partner’s parents turn out to be somewhat on the strange side. Strange can mean many things, from political extremism to kooky lifestyles or a little too much honesty about very personal subjects, and the idea of adding these to your own parents (who may well be pretty eccentric themselves) can seem like an overwhelming idea.
The good news is there are ways to cope with oddball relatives whether this is your first meeting or they are almost certain to become in-laws. One good tip is to make it clear you are uncomfortable with something the first time it happens. Do your best to avoid being rude, but distance yourself from the subject at hand and make it clear you are uneasy with the topic.
It is also a good idea to try and find at least one thing in common with your partner’s folks. Even just one subject you can concur on or at least do not object to discussing can make it a lot easier to spend time with them. It is also important to be honest with your partner about your feelings regarding their parents.
They may be able to help you out when strange behavior or touchy subjects start to be raised.