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10 Tips For Managing Your In-Laws

Posted 10.01.2014 | Dr. Phil

If you plan on sticking with your spouse, then you're stuck with your in-laws, so finding ways to get along is crucial.

Letter to My Future Daughters-in-Law

Sarah Smiley | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

Lindell wants your name to be Buckachewy. Yes, Buckachewy. And he plans to use that nickname if it isn't. I hope you don't mind living with an invisible robot named Bob. Bob has been Lindell's imaginary friend since he was 3. You will need to set a place at the table for him. Sorry.

Dear Family Whisperer: You Can't Go Home but You Can Grow Up -- Here's How

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

With grandparents staying active and healthy longer, many families are trying to figure out how to have stress-free three-generation gatherings.

Dear Family Whisperer: How to NOT Be 'The Bad Guy'

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.

THIS Is How To Be A Mother-in-Law Extraordinaire

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.08.2014 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

We are over the moon thrilled that our son and his beautiful girlfriend announced their engagement. If you are a parent and have had this experience, you must know how special it is. While we savor this exquisite moment in our lives, I have already started to ponder my new role as mother-in-law.

If Your Daughter-In-Law Is A Bully, Read This

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Julie Weingarden Dubin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com When *Cathy’s two grandkids were little, Cathy was tapped to babysit—but only while her daughter-in-law’s paren...

You Won't Believe What People Are Blaming Their In-Laws For Now

Posted 06.03.2014 | Divorce

A bad set of in-laws can drive you to do a lot of things you wouldn't otherwise do: pretend you're sick so you can skip out on Thanksgiving dinner, pa...

Why So Many People Go Sideways When Death Visits A Family

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

There is another arena where 'armchair quarterbacks' also exist -- except this time, those who sit in the metaphorical armchairs have the ability and occasionally, the actual desire to wreak havoc, cause pain and outright destroy relationships.

Dear Family Whisperer: How Do I Deal With My MIL (Mother-in-Law)?

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

As you get to know each other, you'll find common ground, and it won't feel like you're on opposite sides. It will never be "perfect"--no relationship is. But if you work at the relationship, you just might learn from each other.

The #1 Rule All In-Laws Need To Know

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Julie Weingarden Dubin | Posted 04.18.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Laura* and her mother-in-law talk openly about private matters and nothing is off limits—not even sex. They vent to...

The In-Law Chronicles: Blue Balls, Third Base & The Christmas Beaver

Steve Belanger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Comedy
Steve Belanger

I am very happily married, I have several jobs that I love, I have two small children that I adore, and I don't have any credit card debt. Life doesn'...

The Louise Log Season 3: Seen in a Different Light

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.14.2014 | Comedy
Marcel Hidalgo

Louise has a new hairstyle and a new hair color. She is now a blonde. And her once straight hair is now curly, pulled away from her face. She we...

What Really Happens When We Are Around the Table?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.27.2014 | Home
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Because food can exclude or include people, it is also a way in which new people and cultures can be incorporated in our celebrations.

Try These 5 Steps to Improving Relations With Your Future Family-in-Law Before the Big Day

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.14.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

You do not have to love hanging out with your future mother in law, and it's also okay to think your future sister in law is a piece of trash. But you should make the decision YOURSELF as to whether you love your fiancé enough to tolerate the baggage.

'My In-Laws Think He Can Do Better'

Posted 02.07.2014 | Weddings

Written by Anonymous Bride for Bridal Guide I come from a family that isn't what you would call close. We all keep to ourselves and we only meet up...

Weary of Mother-in-law's Constant Criticism

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I firmly believe that when we stop pushing back against people who come at us with unwanted advice and criticism, their behavior simply loses its impact. Often, the offensive behavior -- no longer evoking a reaction -- begins to lessen.

Interfaith Weddings

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Weddings
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

The minister at a beautiful outdoor wedding I attended last month wore a shawl with symbols of numerous faiths. The person sitting next to me whispered in my ear, "That woman has found a growing industry."

10 Tips For Navigating The Holidays As A Blended Family

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.18.2014 | Divorce
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

The Holiday season doesn't have to be a time of stress overload for stepfamilies.

Accepting These 3 Life Truths Will Bring You More Gratitude

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

You think the magical moments of your life will happen on big days, but they're usually more ordinary. The magic of connection, gratitude and love can show up at work, in nature, at dinner, even at the movies.

Thanksgiving 2013 -- Hemingway at Home

Neil McCarthy | Posted 01.28.2014 | Good News
Neil McCarthy

When I first met my mother-in-law, it was at a birthday party she was throwing for her oldest daughter, then turning thirty, who later became my wife. I remember thinking that my future wife's mother was very smart, very determined, and very pretty.

Ask Michael Cohen: How to Behave at the Thanksgiving Table

Michael Cohen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Style
Michael Cohen

This Thanksgiving I am heading to my in-laws and I am dreading what is coming my way. Not only do we have plans to spend the holiday with them, but the entire weekend.

Texts Between Bride And Her Future MIL Show Us What Family Is All About

Posted 11.08.2013 | Weddings

It's hard to believe, we know, but not all in-laws are a giant pain in the you-know-what. In fact, many of them are thoughtful, warm and loving pe...

13 Frightening Former In-Law Stories

Posted 10.30.2013 | Divorce

Halloween may be coming up, but if you ask us, the ghosts and ghouls associated with the holiday have nothing on a bad set of in-laws. Few things ...

How To Deal With A Difficult Mother-In-Law

Xochitl Gonzalez | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weddings
Xochitl Gonzalez

Remember, your relationship with your mother-in-law is one that is going to last a long, long time. The more you can do to make it blossom, the better! (

The Smother-In-Law: Standing Up for Your Health and Food Choices

Carlene Thomas R.D., L.D. | Posted 11.09.2013 | Weddings
Carlene Thomas R.D., L.D.

There are times we feel smothered by another person's food and health philosophy, or we may even be guilty of this ourselves. Marriage is about coming together with patience and love, but it should never mean feeling belittled for your health and positive body image efforts.