by Jenna D. Barry
The way I see it, there are two groups of people: those who love the holidays because they love spending time with family, and those who dread the holidays because their family—or spouse's family -- is difficult to be around. I wrote this article for those of you in the second category.
Remember when you promised "for better or for worse?" If your in-laws are suffocating and controlling, then spending time with them is probably part of the "worse." Because spending time with your spouse's parents is part of the marriage commitment, you might as well learn how to make the best of it. Here are six tips for having a better holiday experience.
During holiday visits, the most important thing you can do is unite with your spouse, especially if your in-laws try to come between you. Treat your spouse's parents the way you want him/her to treat yours. Rather than telling your wife what jerks her parents are, focus on finding loving compromises. Respectfully tell your husband what your needs are, and let him know specifically what he can say and do to communicate that you are the most important person in his life.
Jenna D. Barry is the author of the book, A Wife's Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband's Loyalty Without Killing His Parents
Copyright © Jenna D. Barry. Permission to republish granted to Pregnancy.org.