5 Tips for Living with your In-Laws

Trust us: it pays to be extra nice to your significant other's family!


Why do some married couples end up living in the husband or wife's family home? Most people stay with parents-in-laws because it is an affordable and practical choice. However, this convenient setup can sometimes make you feel unwelcome, uneasy, or uncomfortable.

If you would like to create a happier home for you, your partner, and his or her relatives, here are 5 simple ideas worth trying:

  • Always say hello and goodbye

If you had a long and tiring day, you may want to walk through the front door and go straight to your bedroom. However, you should always take the time to greet your in-laws! A simple "Good evening" every night can help you get closer to your husband or wife's loved ones.

  • Prepare a delicious meal

We have always heard that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. However, this could also work for your better half's family. To create a stronger bond with those closest to his or her heart, you may want to cook (or buy!) dinner at least once a week.

  • Spend time with the family

The next step would be to invite the parents and siblings to do something that they love! You can go shopping, get a massage, or even watch a concert together.

  • Invest in small gifts

While you are spending time with his or her relatives, you can figure out if there are simple things that they are hesitant to buy for themselves. For example, your mother-in-law might want a new pillow while your father-in-law may be thinking about a new knife set. If these items are not too expensive, you can go ahead and buy these pieces for them.

RL Tip: To avoid awkward and embarrassing moments, you have to make sure that the present is exactly what the relative is looking for. At the very least, you must make sure that the item can be exchanged or replaced.

  • Spruce up the home

You may also want to improve the space that you share with your in-laws! Since a total renovation might be out of the question, you can start by cleaning the place, replacing flickering lights, repairing broken fixtures, and bringing in fresh flowers.

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