Your significant other wouldn't be here without them. Your significant other wouldn't be the person you fell in love with if it wasn't for their family. This trend of ignoring one's S.O's family is so weird and disrespectful and it's time we put a stop to it.
Your significant other's family, if you give them a chance, could easily become part of your family. Seeing someone you're dating give your family respect and watching them engage with them in conversation is a really special thing. It helps your significant other understand you as a person better and helps them understand where you came from and why you act the way that you do. Not only that, but it can help their family have more respect for you as a person and as the person, their child/ sibling/ etc. is dating.
The main purpose of dating is to find someone you want to spend the rest of your life.
Once you weed out those who are just dating to date and get to the good ones, you'll have to realize the importance of their family in your relationship. If your relationship does make it until marriage, their family will most likely be there for the long haul. It's best not to ignore them and make the relationship uncomfortable. Plus, you can make some great friendships with his or her family.
In time, if all goes well, your significant other's family may become like your own family.
They may start to care for you as deeply as they care for your significant other. At the same time, your family may care just as deeply for your significant other as they do for you. Experiencing this type of acceptance and love from their family and your own family is an overwhelming emotion and something that can't really be described until you feel it.
I cannot explain the amount of love I have for my boyfriend's family.
They have accepted me as their own family and feel comfortable enough to talk to me one on one and make me feel so cared about. They've shown me that I can rely on them and that I can always come to them for anything like I would my own family. Watching the people you call family to grow and expand before your very eyes is such a wonderful experience and I would highly suggest bonding with your significant other's family as well.