Just the mention of the word mother-in-law more often than not brings to mind a near endless supply of hilarious jokes. While not everyone sees their spouse’s mother to be a meddlesome dragon lady, even the most amicable relationships still need to be handled with care.
The key to getting along with your mother-in-law lies with the intensity of your relationship with your own mother. Regardless of an abundance of disagreements, you are still close. Those who have difficulty getting on with their mother-in-law most likely has a strained relationship with their own mum and may even resent all mother figures. To get on better with your mother-in-law, think about improving the bond you have with your own mother first.
Another thing to remember is that you are not her victim. Mothers-in-law have a knack for making their children’s spouses feel inferior. You will get on better with her if you simply learn to brush off her difficult behavior and not let yourself become defensive.
This Mother’s Day focus on keeping communications with your mother-in-law open, learn to appreciate her good points, ask for her advice, visit with her and keep things light. Celebrate her with personalised jewellery or another special gift. This will help you build a relationship where you both feel valuable and respected as opposed to duking it out every time your paths cross.