I liked her from the very first. She was strong, straight-forward, and no-nonsense. A real pioneer woman. Hard-working and resolute. My husband's mother welcomed me into the family with few questions asked.
We got along just fine, she and I.
Because of dad's heart trouble, we invited her and dad to move in with us. That would be nearly 17 years ago now.
And we've been through a lot together since then.
Birth, sickness, laughter, late-nights, and loss. Good times and tough times.
Two strong women living in the same house.
And, yes, I still like her.
But there's no denying that getting along with your in-laws can be one of the more challenging aspects of your married life. Can't it.
Will you believe me when I say I know? 'Cause I do.
Yet I've learned a few things over our years together. Things I wish I would have understood better before. At least 17 years ago. Because I think it would've helped. Would probably have helped us both actually.
So maybe sharing some of these will help you too.
Getting Along With Your In-Laws
1. Remain one with your husband. Remind each other that you're both on the same team. Talk through issues together beforehand and form a united front. Make it your priority to go along with him - rather than to go against them.