Navigating In-law Relationships as Newlyweds
Being a newlywed comes with so many ‘firsts’ such as your first big purchase, your first fight, learning to live together and most important… learning how to navigate in-laws. This can be a sensitive topic for some couples, so here are some tips to help you navigate these waters…
Rescripting your history- Figuring out what your family dynamic and life as a couple will be.
Getting clear on boundaries- Deciding what boundaries to give to both sets of in-laws: While they may be your parents, you are now married and need to establish a life with your spouse.
Start off on solid ground- Starting off on a good note, this can be tricky. It is best to establish clear communication and problem-solving skills with your in-laws; it can be hard to take back hurtful words.
Maintaining a good relationship with your in-laws may not be easy, but being mindful of a few simple principles may greatly help:
- Resist the urge to compare your in-laws to your own parents.
- Get to know your in-laws for who they are - not who you want them to be.
- Address potential problem areas when they first are noticed, but do it with love and empathy.
- Take a proactive approach to problem-solving to help build respect and good communication.
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