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9 Ways To Deal With A Mother-In-Law Who Feels Like A Monster-In-Law

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.21.2016 | Divorce

Meddling in-laws can wreak absolute havoc on an otherwise healthy relationship -- even if they mean well. "When a couple defers to meddling in-laws, i...

Ragu helps Neapolitan Mother-in-Law Flip Universal Cliché

Juliet Linley | Posted 04.04.2016 | Books
Juliet Linley

If there's one stereotype that is universal, it's that mothers-in-law are generally to be kept at arms' length. In Italy, the word "suocera" comes wi...

Mourning My Mother-in-Law

Melinda Blau | Posted 03.24.2016 | Women
Melinda Blau

Dotty, we often called her, sometimes lived up to her name. She had an air-headiness about her, in part because she relayed every morsel of conversation with great, dramatic import. Think "breathy."

Here's What's Going On In Your Future Mother-In-Law's Head

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2016 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

To avoid setting yourself up for struggles with this new and important relationship -- on both sides of the in-law equation -- let me give you some things to think about that will help you start off on the right foot with your new in-law.

Being There For The Beautiful Birth Of My Grandbaby

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 01.24.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Pullen Kent

After teaching my yoga class this morning, I find I have several voicemails from my son, Jeremy, whose wife is rapidly approaching her due date. I've been waiting for this call, prepared to drop everything and go for the birth of their first child; my first grandchild. And now it's time.

4 Rules Every Mother-In-Law Needs To Know

Debbie Slevin | Posted 01.23.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

I would like to think I am a pretty good mother-in-law. My two married sons think so. As do their wives. But I didn't get to this place easily. There aren't any books or websites that I've found that provide a fail-proof formula. I would like to say I learned how to do it the hard way.

My Ex-Husband’s Mom Is Still My Mother-In-Law

Washington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.18.2016 | Divorce

When I first met my mother-in-law seven years ago, I was engaged to her only child. I was nervous walking into her Long Island kitchen for the first t...

'Remembrance of a Cool Guy'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 01.05.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

The first time I met Carmine Pikero, the man who would become my father-in-law, he was standing in the parking lot at Stamford (now Trinity) Catholic High School in my hometown of Stamford, Connecticut.

5 Tips for Surviving Criticism During the Holidays

Silvia Solis | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Silvia Solis

By trying to understand your mother-in-law and by showing her some compassion, you'll at least get a new perspective on her behavior and won't take her words so personally. In other words, her criticism won't affect you as much.

5 Signs You're A Laid-Back Mother-In-Law

Grandparents.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Snippy comments or curt replies from a daughter-in-law typically prompt one of two things from a well-meaning mother-in-law: You ...

Bridey, Don't Let Your Wedding Planning Become a Game of 'Monkey in the Middle'!

Bitchless Bride | Posted 11.18.2015 | Weddings
Bitchless Bride

Bridey, I gotta ask you a question... Who's in charge? Who's wearing the pants? And, I'm not talking about your relationship with your sig other. Not only is it none of my business, but I don't give a sh*t.

Allen Toussaint: I Like it Like That

David Hinckley | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Allen Toussaint won me over long before I knew his name. If I live to be 200, for example, I won't forget holding my new black-and-gold Realistic transistor radio up to my ear back in eighth grade and hearing Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law."

13 Brutally Honest Thanksgiving Items For Families Who Keep It Real

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 11.10.2015 | HuffPost Home

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's a magical time of year when families across the nation come together to criticize each other's cooking an...

Is Your Daughter-in-Law Bullying You?

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

For example -- a daughter-in-law can bully her mother-in-law. For some of you this may be hard to imagine, but for others you know this only too well. A daughter-in-law can bully by.

Take the Lid Off

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 10.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

Lately, I feel like a flea. No, I don't mean Red Hot Chili Pepper's lead singer, Flea. I mean fleas in a jar who have been trained to only jump as hig...

The Simplest Way To Deal With An Overbearing Mother-in-Law

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 10.07.2015 | OWN

Dear Lisa, My mother-in-law has a habit of inviting herself over...constantly. When I say, "Today isn't convenient; please come tomorrow instead," she...

When You Are Bullied By Your Mother-in-Law

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

What happens when the bullying occurs in your own family? What happens when a mother-in-law bullies her daughter-in-law? Bullying comes in many different forms and is often displayed differently depending on the people involved and the relationship they have to one another.

Why You Clash With Your Mother-in-Law and What to Do About It

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

When you're experiencing challenges with your in-laws, step back and take a long view of the struggles. Most kids benefit from as much love as they can get, even if it doesn't look and feel exactly the same between the parents and the grandparents. Speak up when you need to... but step back and let go when you can.

My Son and the Other Woman

Jaye Watson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Jaye Watson

I don't like my son's wife. I don't like that he spends Christmas with her family. I don't like that he does whatever his wife wants. My son is 10 years old so, technically, there's no wife. But there will be, and I like to be prepared.

Dear Intrusive Mother-In-Law

Kyana Miner | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Kyana Miner

Your advice doesn't feel like help. It feels like control. You don't want our happiness. You want our obedience. You don't want us to be better parents. You want us to be complacent children. But guess what? We're going to do things and decide things that look CRAZY to you.

How to Be a Mother-in-Law

Inga | Posted 07.28.2015 | Fifty
Inga

My long-time motto, to which I have, alas, failed to adhere, has always been "A closed mouth gathers no feet." Unfortunately, letting an opinion go unvoiced is not my strong suit.

11 Things Mothers-In-Law Are Just Itching To Tell Their Daughters-In-Law

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 07.28.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

Ever read any books on how to be the best mother-in-law possible? There is one rule repeated in every single chapter: Keep Your Mouth Shut. So what would mothers-in-law like their daughters-in-law to know if by chance they didn't keep their mouths shut? I asked around.

10 Things Every Woman Wants Her Mother-In-Law To Know

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 07.11.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

Family unity and healthy interactions, who could possibly be against that? Not many! I've got two daughters-in-law who are precious to me and one more soon to be welcomed joyously into our family. I find myself always trying to be a well intentioned, non-meddling mother-in-law. Sometimes, I even succeed. Sometimes I don't.

5 Ways to Reduce In-Law Related Anxiety

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Erris Langer Klapper

I've dipped my big toe into this risky topic pool once before, and am now ready to take the full plunge. Here are five coping mechanisms I've developed, which I'm still laboriously practicing and pledging in writing to continue to rehearse

It Ain't Easy Being an in-Law

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 06.08.2016 | Weddings
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Any family relationship is complex, but in-law relationships are particularly difficult because they have the obligations and expectations of family without the benefits of intimacy, comfort, and support.