Spending time with your partner's family can be stressful, no matter how serious you and your partner are about each other, or how close they are with their family. After getting over the hump of the first couple of meetings, it will probably become clear pretty quickly which members of their family you can easily relate to and which relationship(s) may require a bit more effort to cultivate. If your partner is close with their sibling(s), these can often be the toughest cookies to crack. That's why figuring out some effective ways to bond with your partner's siblings is a good way to show your partner you care, especially if maintaining a close bond with their family is a priority for them.
It's all too easy to become insecure if you feel like your partner's family members aren't so quick to warm up to you. However, before deciding to throw in the towel and resigning yourself to the discomfort, try to understand where the source of their feelings may be coming from.
"There's a protectiveness: Is this person going to be good for my sibling?" professor of human development and family studies at Penn State University Susan McHale told Refinery29. "Then, in some ways, it's self-protection: How is this relationship going to affect what my sibling has been giving to me?"
Even if you feel like your connection with your SO's sibling(s) is OK, if you want to make it even stronger, here are some things you can try.