In a perfect world, we'd all get along with the parents of our lover. You complete their son or daughter and your partner is better off because of you. Hell, your partner's parents should be worshiping the group you walk on. At least that's how you see it.
Unfortunately, that's not how it usually goes. Your partner's parents only want what's best for their baby. Even though you might be that, it may take some time for them to see it. The truth is, they may never actually like you, but the key is to earn their respect. Here are five things you can do to help make that happen.
Don't give your partner a reason to complain.
Family members, especially parents, aren't as forgiving when you hurt your partner. Once he or she goes to them for comfort after you've done something wrong, they are always going to give you the side-eye. They will be watching you long after you and your partner have made up.
Forge a relationship.
If you really want to build a relationship with you partner's parent, take the time to get to know them without your partner around. It gives everyone a chance to develop more personal relationships one-on-one.
Show that you're committed.
It takes time for genuine relationships to form. The more that they see that you are in it for the long haul, the more they will open up to you. Some parents don't want to waste time if you're going to be out of the picture in a few months.
You don't have to be a superstar at adulting, but being self-sufficient shows a level of responsibility that demands respect. They'll also be less likely to question your motives.
Always show respect.
The quickest way to get respect is to give it. All parents love when you carry yourself with a high level of respect, not just for yourself but also for the people around you. They also won't have to worry about how you treat your partner.