Not in Love with Your In-Laws?
It’s no secret that daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law have complicated relationships. “Both women can feel threatened,” says Deanna Brann, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law. Daughters-in-law want to establish their place in the family, while mothers-in-law want to ensure they’re not excluded. Even when the women love each other, their roles can be hard to figure out. To avoid causing family stress, we asked real mothers-in-law (and some daughters-in-law too) about comments that have rubbed them the wrong way—and asked experts how you can address issues peacefully.