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Mother-In-Law, Daughter-In-Law Relationship Tension Explained

Mother-In-Law, Daughter-In-Law Relationship Tension Explained

Commented May 24, 2013 at 09:18:39 in Weddings

“As someone who has studied this particular in-law relationship for years, I found the number of women finding this relationship stressful to be much higher on both sides of the relationship. I found it to be closer to 75%. It's a complicated relationship on many levels. Wonderful article!”
What Is Going On With Your Husband? It May Surprise You!

What Is Going On With Your Husband? It May Surprise You!

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 09:43:42 in Weddings

“Yes, it is. But in talking to many men, their wives, as well as members of their family, it seems to be the case.”

Dick Root on Jun 6, 2014 at 13:36:33

“Well, thank God my life is more complete than that.”
Marriage Issues vs. Mother-in-Law Issues: Tips on How to Know the Difference

Marriage Issues vs. Mother-in-Law Issues: Tips on How to Know the Difference

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 11:53:29 in Weddings

“I agree the husband needs to be his own man, but probably asking his wife to "mind her own business" will not help the marital situation. When a wife tries to dictate his relationship with his mother, then it is clearly a marital issue. That issue needs to be addressed first. Often times once that is resolved the MIL issues are moot (not always, but at least the lines are not blurred).”

Rithwick Khare on Jul 19, 2013 at 04:26:05

“I completely disagree, you always talk about how a MIL can sabotage a relationship between her the dil and her husband (ie. her son) but never the other way.

As guy I find it very offending.”
Marriage Issues vs. Mother-in-Law Issues: Tips on How to Know the Difference

Marriage Issues vs. Mother-in-Law Issues: Tips on How to Know the Difference

Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 10:49:07 in Weddings

“You are right. It is not always the MIL that is the problem. It goes both ways. That is why it is important for the DIL and her husband to know the difference. A MIL shouldn't be blamed when it is really a marital issue and that happens more often than I want to think about. Also sons are not always looking for a "mom" when they choose their wife. From a psychological perspective it is much more complicated than that. I do believe we choose our spouse for a reason and it is usually based on where we are (psychologically) in our lives at that given time. We are attracted to them on many different levels for many different reasons.”
Making Mother's Day Marvelous Instead of Miserable

Making Mother's Day Marvelous Instead of Miserable

Commented May 24, 2013 at 09:05:37 in Parents

“What a great gift - for all of you! Bravo to you and your husband for figuring out what works for you as a family.”
Marital Bliss 101: Making It Work With Your Mother-in-Law

Marital Bliss 101: Making It Work With Your Mother-in-Law

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 16:18:58 in Weddings

“I know as hard as it may seem people do tend to relate in similar ways - thus creating "types." People can have unique qualities and characteristics which is separate/different from behavior. As people we all tend to react and respond based on our personal histories and experiences, and these reactions and responses typically create themes or patterns of behavior.”
6 Tips for Having Your Hands-Down Best Valentine's Day Ever

6 Tips for Having Your Hands-Down Best Valentine's Day Ever

Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 10:25:23 in Women

“What an interesting perspective! LOL”

OtayPanky on Feb 9, 2013 at 10:35:42

“What's good for the goose...”
6 Tips for Having Your Hands-Down Best Valentine's Day Ever

6 Tips for Having Your Hands-Down Best Valentine's Day Ever

Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 10:23:27 in Women

“You are right it doesn't hurt to have a reminder. Just don't let the bills, kids, etc. be an excuse to ignore one of the most important things you have - your relationship. Planning "dates" periodically during the month help as well.”
Got Grandkids? Make a Grand Plan for the Holidays

Got Grandkids? Make a Grand Plan for the Holidays

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 16:25:58 in Fifty

“I know how difficult it can be to not have that time with your grandchildren. Hopefully you are able to see your grandchildren throughout year and create a special bond with them. Yes, your son has some responsibility here and has chosen to deal with it by...not dealing with it. I would suggest you begin this new year working on changing your relationship with your DIL. There are things you can do to make it better for you and if you work at it throughout the year, the holidays could be a bit different. I'm not saying that your DIL will change 180 degrees, but she might ease up a bit. And I agree everyone who can spend time with their grandchildren, whether the holidays or any other time...appreciate those moments, they are priceless.”

HowlingHounds on Jan 12, 2013 at 18:39:33

“Thanks for your response. I have talked with other family members and mutual friends about this situation and the majority feel that my DIL is extremely insecure because she is obese and has become manipulating. My son is a nice looking man, a professional with a good income and secure position. He is surrounded by professional women all day in his work and my DIL apparently feels insecure about that. I feel that my DIL is attempting to isolate my son and the children from friends and family so we don't observe her manipulative ways. My husband and I are considering getting an attorney to file suit under the Grandparents' Rights Laws so that we can have time with the grandchildren but realize that a court battle might do more harm than good. Since my son and DIL have no contact with our family members, it's difficult to know what is really going on in their marriage and home so my husband and I have considered doing nothing. I appreciate your comment that my son has chosen to deal with this by not dealing with it. You summarized a lot in a few words.”