Depending on what stage your relationship is in, there are plenty of reasons why deciding to move in with your partner's parents might make sense. However, living under the same roof with your partner and their family can get very complicated, very fast . That's why establishing effective communication with your partner if you live with their family is so important. According to Susan Winter, NYC-based relationship expert, laying the groundwork for healthy communication while living in any situation where privacy is limited should be a top priority.
"Couples need to tackle their living constrictions head-on with honest communication and ongoing negotiation," Winter tells Elite Daily. "Adult children will oftentimes quarrel and bicker with their parents, so your mate may be under the constant stress of having previously been an independent adult, who's now demoted to the 'child' position. This puts you in the middle of a crisis, either playing peacemaker or defender." For this type of living situation to run smoothly, keeping tensions to a minimum is key. "You both need to communicate any 'hot button' issues you may have with their parents," says Winter. "Knowing each other's triggers allows you to work as a team to devise a strategy to deflect and avoid a crisis." Here are some communication tips that can help you stay on track.