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    ElleBelle
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    Have you ever been in a situation where the parents or friends of your partner just didn’t like you? How did you deal with it?

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    CloakOfAsh
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    Tricky one! I haven’t been in the situation but other than remedying the issues maybe just being civil and being aware of one another’s differing views etc might make it workable?

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    #111225
    Diana_1996
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    My partner’s step sister doesn’t like me, which is okay because I do not like her. However we deal with it by simply showing respect to one another. Saying hi when walking in and bye walking out as an example. 

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    MsBlueStreak
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    I’ve totally been there with his mother… after all these years she still doesn’t consider me family, and often acts like I don’t matter/exist. (She does the same to my the partner of her daughter too). I’ve learned to stop caring, or to make jokes about it when she isn’t around – it helps that my partner finds it as awkward funny as I do.

    And my partner is in the situation where my family didn’t understand him (because religious differences, and they aren’t very well informed about anything outside of the family church)

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    #111227
    Aunt_FloAunt_Flo
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    I agree with @Diana_1996 – being respectful is always a good way to go. 

    I think my boyfriend’s parents like me, but there’s a bit of a language barrier so it can be a bit hard to relate sometimes. Being respectful, asking general questions, e.g. how their day was has been a good way to move forward, however slowly. 

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    #111228
    CookieMonster
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    yeah that is hard. I always had this feeling my ex’s mum didn’t like me… she always got two sets of family photos one with me one without then would get the without one printed!!! 

    I was always nice and respectful to her so I don’t know what was going on there… 

    Recently I found out that she has now blocked me on Facebook LOL 

    I guess sometimes people just don’t like you…. 

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    #111229
    peachy
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    Yes! In high school, my ex’s mum apparently didn’t like me in the beginning because she thought all girls were “sluts”! So strange because I hadn’t dated anyone except her son. Once he told her (a few months into our relationship) I wasn’t anywhere near ready for sex yet she was totally fine with me! The way I dealt with it then, was by always trying to frame myself as a studious and committed ‘good girl’. It caused me so much stress because I was always monitoring my language around his mum.

    Completely agree with @MsBlueStreak though! Now I try hard not to let parents and friends of my partner bother me. Way less stressful!

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    Kit
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    Omg @CookieMonster, two sets is harsh! I guess it’s all worked out for the best…. :#

    @peachy What challenging / interesting / scary stereotyping! I can see how that would have been so stressful.

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    CookieMonster
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    @Kit yeah it sucked but thats all in the past now thankfully!!! 

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