When you get married, your spouse becomes the most important person in your life. When you allow your family members insult and walk all over your spouse without calling them to order, you are immature to be married.
When I see people who allow their family members disrespect their spouses, I cringe. I start wondering how they stay under the same roof and even have sex with someone they allow their family insult and disrespect.
If you cannot protect your spouse from the arrows and missiles of your family members, you have no business getting married. If you cannot shield your spouse from your intruding and manipulative family members, you have failed your spouse.
Maintaining a successful relationship is tough enough to achieve on your own, so when you have outside sources which include your family doing everything they can to sabotage your union, the odds are stacked against you. You have to be bold enough to set boundaries and act fast to stop such intrusive behaviour.
If your husband is a mama’s boy, it’s likely he will put her needs above everyone else’s including yours. If your father is convinced that no one is good enough for his baby girl, dropping that little note in your ear from time to time could eventually have you questioning whether your partner will make you happy and be there for you through life’s twists and turns.
Then, there are intruding siblings, nosy aunties, and uncles who ignite strife when they visit your home or start problems during family gathering because they feel your spouse has not lived up to their expectations. You have to know the signs to look out for to be sure that your family is doing your marriage more harm than good.
Sometimes, it’s hard for family members to give you the respect you deserve because they are so used to seeing you as a child. However, there comes a time when you have to put your foot down and demand things change. As an adult capable of making his or her own decisions, you need to let your family members know that you won’t tolerate them abusing your spouse.
This is necessary when you have family who are repeatedly intrusive in your marriage. Whether they continuously come to your home unannounced, insert themselves into your relationship without being asked, or find ways to make a moment about you and your partner somehow about them, constant intrusion is a relationship killer.
If your family never misses the opportunity to speak negatively about your spouse, it’s up to you stop them in their tracks so that things don’t get out of hand one day. If they only talk about your spouse’s weaknesses and look for ways to undermine him or her in your presence, you have the right to shut them down by standing up for your spouse.
It is natural that you may be hesitant to approach your family out of fear of disrespect, but disrespect is exactly what they are showing your spouse. This can cause serious problems in your marriage because your spouse is bound to feel like you don’t have their back and don’t care about their feelings.
Does your family still treat you like a child who can’t decisions on their own? This is something that will be hard to overcome, especially if it’s been this way your whole life.
In this case, your family members are so used to you being a child that it’s almost impossible for them to see you any other way. This means that they not only treat you like a child, they also devalue your relationship by treating your spouse the same way too.
Even if you know that their behavior won’t change overnight, you still have to stand up for yourself and your marriage and let them know that you are an adult and capable of running your own life.
Making you feel guilty for missing family functions, missing regular visits or not calling enough, are just a ways your family uses the secret weapon of guilt to keep you under control. If they are constantly saying that since you got married to your spouse, you have forgotten them, they are guilt tripping you.
Don’t let them do it. Don’t allow them make it look as if your spouse is keeping you away from them. Explain that you have your own nuclear family now and you need to be with them. Apologize when necessary, but don’t feel guilty for living your life and prioritizing your marriage.
Your family can often be more critical than a stranger. Many times, you can take the criticisms because you are used to it, but remember that there is a difference between being overly critical and offering opinion on things.
If your family is fond of criticizing your spouse, you have to address that immediately. You have to know that these negative criticisms can make your spouse feel bad and this will in turn affect your marriage if it is not addressed on time. Express to your family how what they say about your spouse hurt their feelings.
You have to be aware that if certain members of your family have a bad relationship history, it’s likely that they will project those issues on to you. Likening your partner to the unworthy exes in their past is both unfair to you and your spouse.
Your marriage is your own and you don’t need someone revisiting their past and negatively affecting your present. Make it clear that their issues are theirs and you are navigating through your relationship on your own terms.
On one hand, it is common for your family members to discuss embarrassing things you did when you were a child in front of your spouse but when your family members embarrass you due to their own behavior, that’s an entirely different story.
If you find that whenever you are around certain family members something totally embarrassing happens, causing your spouse to give you the side-eye, then you might want to reevaluate how much time you spend around them. You don’t want your spouse to think that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree and that you are capable of embarrassing them too.
No matter how positive your marriage is, your family finds a way to turn it to negative. If you are talking about how in love you are, how you know your spouse is the best thing that happened to you and other positive aspects of your relationship, but you are constantly met with negativity, you have to step up and stop it.
There are a few ways to tackle this. The first way is by simply not sharing any details of your relationship with your family. Another way is to filter out exactly what you share about your marriage. Whatever method you choose will likely help you to avoid negativity clouding a relationship you are perfectly happy with.
If you can’t make a move without your family being all in your business, then you are definitely dealing with overprotective behavior. It’s admirable that your family is so concerned with how you live your life and in this case, your marriage, but then if it’s too much, you won’t be able to concentrate on building a lasting marriage with their constant interference.
Your spouse may begin to feel that they are in a relationship with your family instead of you because they insert themselves into your life so much. Tell them that while you appreciate the sentiment, they need to give you the space you need to live your own life.
If your family wants you to follow their relationship path, then they may be ruining your marriage because your marriage is different from theirs. If your family wants you to follow in their footsteps, even as it relates to relationships, you can firmly but respectfully let them know that you are the one in the marriage and you know your spouse better than them. They need to know that you are capable of running your marriage your own way.
If your family members got married and had children at a certain age, and they expect you to do the same, let them know that times have changed. If your family members have a list they followed in their relationship, and they want you to follow suit, remind them that all relationships are not the same. It is evident that they don’t care if your spouse came from a different background or if they are different from you when subtly forcing you to tow the same line.
Your marriage is not a carbon copy of those in your family and you are free to set any rules that you like in your marriage. Don’t let your family pressure you into doing what you don’t want to do your marriage because that is the way it has always been in your family. If you and your spouse love each other, respect each other, are committed to building a lasting marriage and are living peacefully, you shouldn’t allow your family members destroy your marriage.