Mother-in-law visit. How to not go crazy.
1. Set boundaries
Discuss with your partner beforehand what you are comfortable with in terms of the visit, such as how long it will last, where they will be staying, and what activities you will be doing together.
2. Communication is key
Be honest and clear with your mother-in-law about your expectations and boundaries, while still being polite and respectful.
3. Stay positive
Try to focus on the positive aspects of the visit, such as getting to spend time with your partner's family and strengthening your relationship with your mother-in-law.
4. Plan activities
Plan some fun and engaging activities to keep everyone occupied and avoid awkward silences or tension.
5. Keep busy
If you find yourself getting anxious or annoyed, try to keep yourself busy with tasks or hobbies to distract yourself.
6. Be prepared
Make sure you have everything you need to make your mother-in-law comfortable during her stay, such as clean bedding, towels, and toiletries.
7. Respect differences
Remember that your mother-in-law may have different beliefs or opinions from you, and try to respect those differences.
8. Take breaks
It's okay to take breaks and have some alone time if you need it. You don't have to be with your mother-in-law 24/7.
9. Find common ground
Look for common interests or topics of conversation that you both enjoy and try to connect over those.
10. Show appreciation
Finally, make sure to show your mother-in-law appreciation and thank her for coming to visit. A small gesture can go a long way in building a positive relationship.