I was on Facebook recently and I saw a sign that said “As two families are becoming one, we ask that you choose a seat not a side.” I’m would love to give credit to the person who made that statement originally but in my research I was unable to figure that out so if you know please share it with me.
As I thought about this statement, I thought about the magnitude of the truth it conveyed. Being a wife, mother, and a mother-in-law, I have found myself on both sides of the coin.
When two people get married it often brings with it two very different families and therefore two very different family cultures. While in most cases, the guys are less likely to bring their family into the marriage, girls are highly likely to. I remember my mom would always say “You have a son until he takes a wife, you have a daughter all your life.” This is true a lot of the time. This is not necessarily bad or good but can many times be one or the other.
Before you get married is the best time to take a good look at what each family can bring to the marriage. It is important to discuss such things as family culture, family holiday traditions, and religious beliefs and practices. By doing this you can save yourselves a lot of unnecessary problems.
If you are the parent or parent-in-law/family member or family-in-law member I encourage you to do your best to not choose sides but choose the side of promoting a healthy, loving, God-centered marriage. Making this choice, you will not only help the marriage but you will help impact future generations. Your support can and will make a difference.