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Are you finding it difficult to get along with your mother-in-law? Here are a few steps that may help to bond with your mom-in-law.
1. Striking the right chord
Most of the time, she may not be sweet to you, bake cookies for you or even support the decisions you make. Even so, go that extra mile to strike the right balance with her to avoid difficulties at all times.
2. Work through your own feelings
Ever thought of putting yourself in her shoes, if only to check where her ‘meddling’ or ‘judgmental’ behaviour stems from? Do that and keep in mind: Your ma-in-law is one of the most important people in your husband’s life.
3. Break the ice
Though she may be difficult to remember, try and talk to her as much as possible. This leads to a comfort level and stronger understanding, sooner rather than later.
4. Stay polite
This is probably the hardest thing to do if she’s constantly rattling you. Make sure you don’t criticize your mother-in-law in front of your spouse. This may make matters worse for you.
5. Resort to humour
Humour is the best weapon. Sometimes, deflecting criticism with humour can soften her barbs and also put everyone at ease. Get humour to bail you out.
6. Praise her often
Definitely don’t go out of your way for this one. You may come across as a faker if you do. Simply acknowledge the things she does for you and the family. Sound and be genuine when you do praise her.
7. Communicate with her
Most women shy away, thinking it could worsen matters. Fact of the matter is, not talking to her directly.
“Try and you may succeed to have a good mom-in-law.”