I’ve been with a great guy for two years, through long distance while I studied in England.
I’d had a prior two-year serious relationship but my ex broke it off after he moved away.
I was still heartbroken when my current boyfriend and I met online. We started "going out" but since I was confused, I "broke up" with him frequently, all online.
We’re from the same city and spent time together at Christmas; then I went back to university.
I broke off several more times till I moved home for a job.
I haven't yet been introduced to his parents nor have we gone out with his friends.
He’s said he's unsure whether I'm in it long-term, with so many breakups (but assures that he loves me).
Is he right to hold off making a commitment even when I've shown I’m committed to him?
He’s met my parents and my friends and neither of us has cheated.
Should I be more patient and prove myself more, or move on?
- Waiting Period
As someone who’s been “heartbroken” by another, you should understand how this guy feels about your potential for yanking him around emotionally.
You want commitment, after you’ve landed in the place where you have a job. But he needs to believe you’re there because of him. Be more than patient. It’s not about “proving” yourself.
Rather, you have to be sincere, loving and show true unselfish commitment by understanding his feelings, including his hesitation.
As for meeting his family and friends, let it happen naturally and don’t push. Those introductions aren’t guarantees of shelf life.
My husband of 20-plus years is a good man but has never set boundaries with his family. His sister and brother are toxic troublemakers who’ve accused me of things and treated me badly, all unprovoked.
I'm not expecting my husband to turn his back on them. But when his sister announces that both brothers are married to bitches, I expect him to say, "don't talk about my wife like that.”
According to his versions of events, his siblings have never done anything wrong.
My resentment is huge, given that I’ve always defended him; his brother's wife feels the same way.
I have nothing to do with them.
He says they’re "family" and I should accept it. He gets angry, refusing to acknowledge my feelings.
I’m considering leaving him, having lost respect for his spineless ways.
My self-esteem is at an all-time low; being with him is sucking life out of my core. I used to be happy, but my personality has changed.
- Am I Unreasonable?
Don’t let terrible, ill-mannered in-laws hound you out of a long marriage to a man you still describe as “good” – at least not without serious soul-searching and consideration.
After 20 years, neither Hubby nor his siblings have changed, but your tolerance clearly has.
Ask yourself: 1) how often these people must be in your life; 2) why else you may be unable to handle this situation any longer.
Meantime, while still together, have your husband see his relatives on his own time, without you and not on your turf.
You mention their nasty comments as example. The moment such an incident occurs, abruptly end the contact and lead by example. Walk away, refuse future invitations. Show your husband what boundaries look like.
However, if you two can’t resolve how his family affects your own relationship, marriage counselling is the best route to plan what happens next, together or apart.
One year after being widowed, I married a wonderful man.
Unfortunately, my adult children won't recognize him as their step-dad; even the grandchildren call him by his first name.
He’s not Dad or Pops. He’s wonderful to all my children and grandchildren.
I’ve told my family that he’s being treated like an outsider, but they don’t care that I feel that way.
It doesn't bother him, but it sure in the hell irks me!
- Saddened by My Family
A year is not a long time to not only grieve a father, but also accept someone else to adopt his role and name as Dad.
Since your husband isn’t bothered, and obviously spends time with the family, ask yourself why you’re so needy of this “Step-Dad” concept for grown-up children.
It seems this is more about your need for approval of this marriage. Just enjoy it, and let the relationships develop.
Tip of the day:
Pushing your relationship on others is often a sign of neediness and/or insecurity.