Things to Consider


  • Even though one feels loved and accepted by one’s MIL, it doesn’t necessarily mean that interactions and conversations will come easily or be comfortable.
  • A woman’s relationship with her son will affect her relationship with her DIL – for sure.
  • Encouraging, affirming words play a big role in helping a MIL/DIL feel       accepted, appreciated and loved.  Does that come easy to you?
  • Sometimes a MIL’s and DIL’s personalities will just “click” and sometimes they won’t.  That’s natural.
  • Notes, cards, emails, texts, phone calls, Skype, visits are all different ways of connecting with your MIL/DIL.  Which work better for you two?
  • Expectations have a lot to do with how you feel about your MIL/DIL relationship.  What are your expectations?
  •  Accepting your MIL/DIL is different than accepting their choices, practices, situation.  How does one communicate this?
  • Hurt feelings happen even when neither the MIL nor the DIL is at fault.
  • Geography plays a part in the ease and enjoyment of a MIL/DIL relationship.

Ladies, please weigh in with your own thoughts!  What would you add to the list?

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