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It's time to dress up the kids, straighten up the house and prepare the perfect dinner; your in-laws are coming to town. So how are you going to deal? Maybe put a sign on your forehead that says "Only supportive comments allowed"? No, that was last visit, and it didn't work.
As member Lana confesses: "Christmas is coming, and I feel my patience wearing very thin. My MIL has planned our whole holiday. I just want her to back off. Unfortunately, DH is an only child, so we have to deal with her constantly." -- iVillager lana2
We all hear you loud and clear, Lana. So much so that other members have rallied together to find solutions to create more peaceful visits with their in-laws (especially around holiday time). Make sure to print a copy of this article for your mate, so he doesn't jump up in shock when he sees you and his mother actually getting along!
Stand United with Your Mate
"Your mate should be the one to make it perfectly clear to his family that when they hurt, bad-mouth or dismiss you, they are also hurting him." -- iVillager ppsuep
Escape with a Secret Code
"One thing we have done in the past is create a secret word. If either of us says it to the other, we gather the kids and take off for a bit. It means the stress level is maxing out and we need some alone family time. This secret code can be used as a perfect getaway, even if you were to take a walk around the block together." -- iVillager marthajr