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Making interracial relationships work is easy even with the extended family

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Making relationships work needs understanding from both the partners. Understanding level in interracial relationships needs to be much higher since both of the partners have to put on with a change in culture, language, food, and lifestyle and in some cases even the geographical location.

Having a dialogue with the family before announcing your interracial relationship is important

Telling your family and friends beforehand that you are going to enter an interracial relationship before hand is important since there may be quite a few family members who may disapprove of your relationship. These very people are going to create a problem since they are directly going to tell you that your kids are going to face a problem in the society as they are not going to be accepted in any one of the races due to their mixed race. People may even quote the bible just to tell you that interracial relationships and marriages are forbidden.

Do not ignore these friends and family members since you have to live in the society and being a part of the society you have to take up dialogue whenever there is a disagreement. Talk to your disapproving friends and family members about the cultural diversification your family tree is going to experience once a member from a new race comes in. Tell them the new things they are going to be exposed to. Moreover let your friends and family know that you love the person who just happens to be from a different race. Changing disapprovement to acceptance is a long process especially when it is about a interracial relationship. Do not close your doors on your friends and family even if they oppose your relationship tooth and nail. Try and convince them of the merits of your relationship.

Keeping your family and friends in the loop and in the knowhow of the relationship and convincing a few disapproving of them is a good thing however do not let them dictate terms for your relationship. Set the boundaries of how much your family and friends can talk or advice about your relationship. You need to give the message loud and clear that you are an adult and are capable of taking your own decisions.

Adjusting to the language barrier in an interracial relationship is just a part of the game

Language barrier will probably be the biggest problem for one of the partners in case the couple moves in with the family of one of the partners. The problem is quite profound in people with a lot of cultural difference for example a man or a woman moving from US to China. Although you will be able to learn a few words and phrases that will come handy for you in a new culture or a new country still there are going to be moments when you may not get a single word from a conversation or discussion. Make use of other senses. Observe if the discussion is aggressive or has a hushed tone and you can check later on what it was all about. Having known a lot of interracial couples over the years this is one thing I have found common among interracial couples.

Protecting your partner is your responsibility

Protecting your partner from hurtful remarks from your extended family and friends is your responsibility. You need to make sure that your friends and family have a sense if respect for your partner and your relationship.

If your family disapproves of your relationship , let your partner know about it. If your partner is too sensitive then the best option is to maintain a safe distance between your partner and your family since they may not find each other comfortable enough. Managing an interracial relationship is not that tough provided you are ready to take necessary steps for the same.