When you enter into a romantic relationship with someone, you aren’t just inviting a new person into your life, you’re inviting his family, too. Not everyone gets along with their significant other’s parents though, and if you reach a stage where you start referring to your husband’s family as “the dreaded in-laws,” then you know you have a problem. Cranky, overbearing or pushy in-laws can put considerable strain on a relationship, and while you can try to avoid your in-laws, that inevitably just creates more problems. The best option when dealing with cranky in-laws is to face the problem as a couple. These 30 blogs will help you understand why your in-laws are so cranky, and what you can do to deal with the situation.
Understanding Cranky People
The first step towards creating a harmonious relationship with your in-laws is learning what makes them cranky. In-laws are no more predisposed towards crankiness than anyone else. There are psychological triggers involved; all of which are easily overcome with the right approach and attitude. These five blogs delve into the minds of the cranky, angry and confrontational and provide you with invaluable insight into the psyche of your grumpy in-laws.
- Controlling Angry People
- 7 Mistaken Assumptions Angry People Make
- How to Deal with Conflict and Cranky People
- What causes Anger? What makes a person angry?
- 10 Ways to Deal with Negative or Difficult People
Preparing for a Stress-Free Visit
There is much that you can do to prepare for visiting in-laws before they arrive so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. By making sure that you are completely stress-free in anticipation of your in-laws’ arrival, you can set the tone and atmosphere for the visit. Every relationship is a two-way street, which means you bear equal responsibility for making an effort. In these five blogs you will find expert tips on preparing for visiting in-laws.
- Why I’m not cranky this Thanksgiving
- 5 Tips For Dealing With Your In-Laws
- Exercises That Kill Stress
- Preparing for Your Mother-in-Law’s Holiday Visit!
- Stress Exercises
Advice Column Tips
Sometimes just getting things off your chest can go a long way towards relieving the frustration of dealing with in-laws. Communicating your feelings with your partner is important too, without letting anger or resentment rule over the discussion. It is also good to know that you’re not alone and that others have had similar experiences with their own in-laws. These five blogs contain first-hand accounts, tips and advice from people who have dealt with cranky in-laws.
- Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be
- Help! I’m Fighting An In-Law Battle On My Own!
- Your In-Law Survival Guide
- Page advice: Dealing with in-laws
- Disliking Your In-Laws
General In-Law Tips
Problems with in-laws can involve any member of your partner’s family. Remember, you did not get to choose who your in-laws are, nor did they get to choose you. There is a very good chance that you will have conflicts with at least one person in your partner’s family, so it’s best to know how to deal with any situation. These five blogs provide general advice on dealing with cranky in-laws; whether it’s your mother-in-law, sister-in-law or your partner’s second cousin, twice removed.
- Family Squabbles and Cranky Relatives
- Short Ramblings of a Daughter-in-Law
- How to Deal with a Mother-In-Law That Drives You Crazy
- The Trouble With In-Laws: Holiday Edition
- Surviving the In-Laws
Pushy Parents and Grandparents
Parents and grandparents are the most likely in-laws to become cranky; which usually results from you or your partner not doing things their way. They may have the best intentions in the world, but if it is causing problems in your relationship, it’s time to set the record straight. Remember, this is a very sensitive situation, so read these five blogs for tips on how to approach pushy parents and grandparents.
- When In-Laws Feel More Like Outlaws
- How Do I Deal With My Pushy, Controlling, Negative In-Laws?
- Managing Your Mother-In-Law: How to Have a Healthy Relationship
- When Grandma’s a Little Overbearing
- Dealing with Toxic Grandparents
A flying visit is one thing, but when you are spending an extended period of time with your in-laws, relationships can become quite strained. You can survive vacationing with your in-laws; you just need the right tools and tips to get you through. These five blogs will help you make the most of your holidays, without worrying about those cranky in-laws.