I'm extremely lucky with fate as it relates to my mother-in-law and father-in-law. We get along very well, which is fortunate, because we live right around the corner from my in-laws, and I mean right around the corner. You don't even have to cross the street; one lone skinny townhouse separates our apartment buildings. I see my in-laws many times each month.
Obviously, though, many people aren't in such a happy circumstance. I've noticed that relationship problems with in-laws are among the most common issues that people raise - whether people complaining about their spouse's parents, or people complaining about their kids' spouses. In-laws have a unique power to drive us crazy.
These tips apply, of course, only if your in-laws aren't actually abusive, or dangerous, or so malicious that it's just not possible to be around them. Assuming that they aren't quite that horrible, here are some points to consider:
1. Remember the mere exposure effect. It turns out thatRead More »from Ten tips for getting along with your mother-in-law.