Do you get along with your in-laws?
If you catch yourself snickering at that question, who could blame you? In-law jokes (particularly about mothers-in-law) are a mainstay of modern comedy routines and a common stereotype in movies and television shows. But within every joke there is a kernel of truth. And the truth here is that in-law relationships can be difficult.
What’s the best way to work through this delicate area of marriage?
Jean and I don’t have a great deal of experience in this area. I lost my parents at a young age, so Jean never had to navigate the intricacies of a relationship with in-laws. In my case, Jean’s mom and dad were always loving and kind and never over-engaged in our family matters.
So, to answer your questions about in-law problems we’re speaking with Dr. Gary Chapman on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Becoming Friends with Your In-Laws.”
Dr. Chapman encourages couples to approach their relationship with their in-laws like parallel tracks. One rail represents things you do to separate from your parents while the other rail represents things that express devotion to your parents. The challenge is holding those two ideas in proper tension.
It’s easy to tear down a relationship or to make fun of it. It’s far better to put ideas into action that will improve your connection with your in-laws.
Hear practical ideas from Dr. Chapman about strengthening your relationship with your in-laws on your local radio station, online, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or take us with you on our free phone app.
Dr. Chapman’s book Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage is available for a gift of any amount. For more information, click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).