9 Dos and Don’ts of Meeting Your Sibling’s Significant Other

Several years ago, I had a somewhat rude awakening when my older brother was the best man at a longtime friend’s wedding. During his speech, he referred to me as “the Simon Cowell of sisters.” While the guests laughed at the reference to American Idol’s infamous critic, I was horrified. Was I really judgmental of and unkind to my sibling’s significant others? And my sibling's friends' significant others? Probably a little. Since then, I’ve made a conscious effort to be on my best behavior when meeting my sibling’s new love interests. You should do the same—especially if one of your siblings is introducing you to his or her better half this holiday season. Here are the dos and don’ts of meet your sibling’s significant other.

What is your relationship like with your sibling’s boyfriend or girlfriend? What happened when you first met?