Dear Reluctant Mother-in-Law:
You’re in a tough situation that most people have faced at least one time or other in their lives. No person is an island, and when you have family, you are going to have to deal with the dreaded in-laws.
Is your daughter-in-law abusive or cruel to you, your son, or your grandchildren? Sometimes this can happen, and in that case, I would say that you need to go through the appropriate channels to safeguard your and your family’s well-being. Talk to your son about his wife’s abusive behavior, and suggest counseling at the very least. These abusive relationships can be healed if everyone in the situation is on board and want the best for the relationship.
If your daughter-in-law is not abusive or cruel, then you need to take a hard look at why you dislike her. Is she on your naughty list because she disagrees with you, or does things differently than you did as a young wife and mother? The generation gap between mothers and the people their children marry is vast, and can often lead to confusion, disappointment, and resentment.
Try to remember that your daughter-in-law was raised in a different time period by different people than you were. Oftentimes, if we stop to think through our problems, we can find the core of our issues, and work through them with those who are getting on our nerves.
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