(Closed) How much do you tell your SO (esp spouse) about your family drama?

posted 5 years ago in Married Life
Post # 2
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Busy bee

My advice is to not keep things from your spouse. If you can’t be truthful with him, then you shouldn’t be married to him.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My husband knows everything about my family drama.

Eta: He’s really supportive. Sometimes he looks down on certain family members but it depends on the situation. If someone in my family is being an asshole we don’t pretend like they aren’t. I really can’t imagine what it would be like if my husband wasn’t up to date with the family drama…I would be more concerned with him being in the dark and then witnessing a shitshow out of nowhere.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  boogiewoogies.
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think being honest with your husband is important, but also respecting your family (by not trash talking them) is also crucial. I think a lot of times it is our instinct to tell our side of the story to our SO and then make the other party out to be the big bad wolf.

If/when you choose to share about family disagreements with your SO, it think it could be helpful to explain that you are frustrated, sad, hurt (rather than angry) because you and x family member disagreed (rather than argued or fought) about xyz issue. Your position was A and the other position was B.

Explaining the disagreement calmly and fairly can be hard, but it is the best way to not unduly influence your SO’s perception of your family AND not make your family members look bad. 

Abuse is a different story, but that doesn’t sound like what we’re talking about here. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

We tell each other everything really… about our friends, families… anything which we weren’t specifically asked to keep from the other person… even sometimes those things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you can’t trust your partner why would you marry them? 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t keep things from my husband. But my family also doesn’t have too much drama.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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breatheandrelax:  I tell my husband everything about the lunatics I share DNA with ๐Ÿ˜Š  I would die without his support in dealing with them!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

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BeachBee1988:  

I agree with you actually, that you should not be trying to turn them against anyone if you’re having disagreements; rather that you would share and figure out situations and possible solutions together. Sometimes I think telling your partner exactly what happened in an unbiased way can also sometimes help you realise that in fact it was you in the wrong… and that’s not a bad thing either. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My husband and I know everything about each other’s family drama. It’s been said that you don’t just marry one person, you marry the whole family!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

My husband and I are partners. He knows everything about my life, including scars, warts all all. And I know the same about his life.

My husband is a wonderful soundingboard for any issues or concerns I have, epsecially related to my family. He’s very supportive of my decisions and will back me 100%. 

And this is why I married him.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I tell my Fiance everything. He’s always amazing at listening and letting me vent but then also helping me put things in perspective and see the situation more rationally as well. I can’t imagine not telling him parts of my life – especially if those parts are causing me pain/hurt/confusion.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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truthah:  isn’t that a nice little side effect? Haha.

Double points if your SO can graciously point out and hold you accountable for your ridiculousness and overreactions! DH deserves a gold star from me on that one. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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breatheandrelax:  on one of your previous posts you said that you’d been with your husband for 11 years now, right?

After 11 years…he KNOWS your family drama hon.  And he’s still there.  Have YOU ever felt like he’s looked down on you due to your family?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I don’t know who else I’d talk about my bizarre older half brother with…. Fiance definitely knows most of it!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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breatheandrelax:  I agree with the Bees that you should be able to confide in your DH. As long as he doesn’t let on to your family that he knows all this stuff! But also, we learned the hard way, that you should make sure that anything about each set of inlaws shouldn’t be shared with your respective parents. Like my parents had negative opinions of my inlaws during the wedding planning and gawd I dunno why but my husband shared it with his parents and it has permanently ruined the relationship between my parents and his parents. Not in a huge dramatic way where they can’t have dinner together, but there’s underlying tensions and awkardness now.

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