8 Ways to Handle a Meddling Mother-in-Law ...

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Almost every comedy sitcom has them, at least 90% of our friends and coworkers are constantly complaining about them, and chances are you acquired your very own the day you married your man.

Yes, I’m talking about meddling mother-in-laws.

Perhaps one of the most powerful forces in the universe, and certainly one of the most frustrating, mother-in-laws often end up putting an incredible strain on our marriages.2

But, since there is little we can do to make them disappear, here is a list of 8 ways to handle a meddling mother-in-law.

And no, murder is not one of them!

1. Talk to Your Partner

While you cannot expect your husband to immediately pick up the phone and set his mother straight, he needs to know how she makes you feel.

Without making him feel like he is stuck in the middle, ask him what he thinks the best thing would be for you to do.

Perhaps he could mention to his mother that he does, in fact, like your cooking and that your hair is great just the way it is.

She has to hear it directly from her son—that’s the only way she will understand.

2. Don’t Pass ALL the Blame

While you may secretly wish that a house would fall on her, you also know deep down that your mother-in-law really does have her son’s best interest at heart.

Instead of simply placing blame all the time, make an effort to understand why she does the things she does.

Take some time to consider whether you may be partially to blame for some of her actions.2

Maybe slight adjustments on your part can make for a better relationship.

More than likely she has no intentions of changing her ways, but if you can make little changes she will have that much less to complain about.

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