Getting Along with Your In-Laws

Your in-laws are one of the most important parts of your spouse's life. Follow these tips to help build your own relationship with them.

Let Your Spouse Take the Lead

You can't go wrong by following your spouse when it comes to interacting with their family. Ask your spouse for advice about what their parents are like and how to best get along with them.

Be Patient

Relationships take time to be comfortable and to grow. Don't put unneccessary pressure on yourself or your in-laws by expecting everything to be perfect right away. Things may feel strained or awkward at first, but that is totally normal. Try not to take it personally, and give yourself time to really get to know each other.

Be Yourself

If things are feeling awkward, you may be tempted to put up a front. But by doing that, you are doing yourself and your in-laws a disservice and prolonging developing a real relationship with them.

Be Realistic

Despite doing everything perfectly, you and your in-laws might not ever be close. That can be disappointing, but accepting the relationship for what it is will help you stay on good terms. Trying to force unrealistic expectations will only cause more tension and frustration, and ultimately more separation.

Be Kind

Even if things don't turn out the way you had hoped, you can at least be kind. This is your spouse's family, after all, and you do not want to put your spouse in a terrible position by causing or contributing to any drama. So find something nice to say or a compliment to give, and make the best of the situation.

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