By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK
In-Laws.I'm a liberal guy from the Northeast, and my wife Karel's parents are conservative Texans, so you can see why there might be a few kinks in my relationship with my in-laws. However, despite some rocky moments over the last 10 years, I've grown to love and respect Karel's folks. And along the way, I've learned several invaluable lessons that anyone can use when dealing with a spouse's parents. Try them-because just like with defensive driving or kitchen safety, a quick refresher never hurts, and can even help prevent serious injury.
Find some common ground (or, even better, AstroTurf). To say that my Tea Party-supporting, retiredengineer father-in-law and I don't have anything in common would undervalue both the words don't and anything. Okay, that's not totally true: For many years we shared a love of deep-fried chicken wings, but even that's gone now, because recently, in the wake of several coronary episodes, he decided to become a vegan. That's why IRead More »from How to Not Hate Your In-Laws