So, let’s tackle this question first: What makes for a great MIL/DIL relationship?
“Wow! I have that with Elaine. We have a lot of commonalities.” – Gayle in Colorado
When a MIL & DIL have quite a few things in common, when they share an interest in the same things or have some significant common experiences or similar backgrounds, there is a connection that makes it easier to develop the relationship. It might be an affinity for getting mani/pedis or massages, or a passion for bicycling, hiking, music or cooking. Maybe they both collect shoes or cookbooks or they work in the same industry. Perhaps they admire the same people or support a common cause. When you meet someone who likes the things you like, a bond is immediately formed. Looking for and becoming aware of these “ties that bind” sets the stage for shared conversations activities and adventures. And a great MIL/DIL relationship is definitely about sharing. Isn’t it?