Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What To Do If Your Parents Are Not Excited About Your Engagement

After getting engaged, I'm guessing the first people you tell of your engagement are your parents. But what if they are not thrilled about your engagement or your groom? What do you do now?

1) Don't Be Too Bummed Out...Yet.
Ask your parents why they are not excited and ask them what are some of their concerns. Listen to them and hear the reasons even if it isn't what you want to hear at this time. If they have always had your back, it is likely they are still trying to protect you. They might be worried about your future, your groom, you are marrying too young,  marrying without resources, or entering into a potentially abusive relationship. Listen to what they have to say and decide for yourself whether or not there is any merit to their concerns.

2) Reassure Them Of Your Decision
Explain to your parents of your decision to marry this person as your life partner and try to reassure them you have no major concerns. Talk to them honestly (like you know your groom isn't perfect, but nobody is) and address their fears.

3) Decide For Yourself
If you decide that your parents are trying to control and prevent you from making this decision as an individual, it is time to make the decision for yourself and tell them clearly that you love them and want their support in your decision. If they can't be supportive, you may have to proceed without them.

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