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Mothers in Law

The MIL/DIL Competition: It's Not What You Think

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

This relationship -- like no other -- really needs to find that delicate balance because it's extremely fragile. One wrong look, one inconsiderate behavior, or one off-putting remark from your MIL or DIL can change how you feel about each other forever.

5 Ways To Include Your Mother-In-Law When Wedding Planning

Renee Strauss | Posted 02.15.2014 | Weddings
Renee Strauss

With the holidays coming up, you might want to consider involving your M.I.L. in your planning process -- at least a little bit.

Passive-Aggressive In-Laws: How to Beat Them at Their Own Game

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2013 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Do you have a mother-in-law or a daughter-in-law who says she is "fine" or who says nothing at all, but then starts in with obvious pouts, loud, heavy sighs and those undermining "accidental" oversights? No matter what she says or doesn't say, her actions are screaming the real truth: She is not happy with you.

How to Put Your Mother-in-Law's Unwanted Advice in Time Out

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Parenting is complicated enough. Being scrutinized by your mother-in-law on every parental decision you make is more than any mother can or should have to take.

Making Mother's Day Marvelous Instead of Miserable

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Mother's Day seems like such a simple concept: a special day when we show appreciation for our mothers and all they've done for their children all year long. But however simple it's supposed to be, it really isn't, is it?

Why Women Lie Differently Than Men

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Susan Shapiro Barash

Lies manifest as a woman's quest for reprisal, a way to avoid being evaluated and found wanting. Yet, even with an understanding of this behavior, the question becomes, when is it simply wrong to lie? When is the lie harmful, not helpful -- when is the gig up?

How To Take Back Your Wedding From Your Mom

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.27.2012 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

There was one mama who showed up two hours late for everything and jabbed me on the head with her fingernail to get my attention. And then there was the drunk one who tried to make up with her estranged husband during the reception, much to her daughter AND her ex-husband's horror.

'Monster In-Laws': Adoptive Mother Meets Her Son's Birth Mother

Posted 06.19.2012 | TV

On "Monster In-Laws" (Mon., 10 p.m. ET on A&E) Monday night viewers met Chris and his adoptive mother, Pat. She didn't like his wife and as relationsh...

The Secrets Of Successful Mothers-In-Law

Lisa Wolfe | Posted 08.11.2012 | Weddings
Lisa Wolfe

What are these mothers-in-law who are so adored doing right? What advice would they pass on to those of us who wouldn't mind being as loved ourselves?

4 Lessons Every Mother-In-Law Should Learn From Mine

Justine Lorelle LoMonaco | Posted 07.30.2012 | Weddings
Justine Lorelle LoMonaco

While this doesn't mean my mother-in-law hasn't (or never will) do anything that I disagree with, there are a few specific things she does that keep us far away from "monster-in-law" territory.

What Helped Make My Grandparenting Experience Extraordinary

Karin Kasdin | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

In Yiddish there is a word for the mother of your son-in-law or daughter-in-law. She is your machetenesta. There is no equivalent in the English tongue, no word to describe a relationship between two mothers that can be so fragile and fraught. Someone should think one up.

Moms of Boys Are Jealous Shrews, So Here's a Contract for Your Son's Future Wife

Jenny Isenman | Posted 08.01.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

The moment you bring a baby boy into the world, you start to wonder when he's going to leave you. That's right. You know that one day he'll leave you for another woman.

Mothers-In-Law Vs. Daughters-In-Law

ThirdAge | Posted 01.08.2012 | Fifty

There are millions of mother-in-law jokes around, but how do these supposedly terrifying figures feel about their daughters-in-law? Actually, they see...

That Wedding Bell Could Have Been Mother-in-Law Hell

Sally Abrahms | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty
Sally Abrahms

We live in an ageist society, where old and infirm family members are often invited out of obligation, not genuine desire.

Keeping Peace With the Daughter-in-Law From Hell

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 09.28.2011 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

There are compelling reasons to keep the peace with a DIL. QUESTION Hi Irene, My son and daughter-in-law bought a sailboat and put it in a lake hal...

Is Your Mother-In-Law Negative? 5 Ways To Stop Getting Drained Dry

Deborah King | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

When you get caught up with any of these folks, it's hard for you to stay in balance. You get exhausted whenever you're with them.