For some families, celebrating with the in-laws is nothing but fun - children enjoy visiting with their grandparents and large family gatherings have a festive feeling.
But for other people, holidays with the in-laws can feel more like a chore, whether it's because they shower you with criticism or just have their own ways of doing things that conflict with your style.
Here are some some simple relaxation and communication techniques to help you survive holidays with the in-laws:
Scrambling for some last minute gifts? It's easy to get super stressed, especially if your in-laws haven't yet been crossed off your holiday shopping list.
If your in-laws already like you, choosing a gift may not be so difficult, but if your relationship is rocky and your mother-in-law can't stand you, it can be a real challenge!
Girlfriend Mom’s Kid: "Were you in any movies, like the ones you see in the movie theater?"
Girlfriend Mom: "Uh..."
The only time she engages in meaningful conversation is when the children are asleep.
It’s a fact she’s come to accept over the years. Prior to their bedtime, every sentence was interrupted by a high-pitched “Mom!” and then she’d forget her point. Now, she responds to almost everyone in one syllable. “No.” Anyway, she’s no longer certain that she has anything important to say. When there is time to talk, it’s usually with Michael and these discussions revolve around the needs of the children.
“A cavity.” “Shin guards.” “Lice, again.”
By making our marriage a priority, and spending time together as a couple, we also make our family stronger.
This last week, my husband and I went on a much-needed vacation. It was just the two of us for a few days of golfing, relaxing, eating great meals and reconnecting. The last few months have been crazy for us and this weekend away couldn’t have come at a better time.
My husband and I had been married less than a year when crisis struck.
Imagine your little sister calls you and tells you she is dating a professional athlete. I don't know about you, but my immediate reaction would be NO WAY!! Cheater! BAD BOY! Stay Away!
Has she not watched VH1’s "Basketball Wives"?!?!
As promised, here's my "Marry Me" playlist!
Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?
Okay maybe looking for Romeo is shooting a little high - I'll aim for just a dinner date.
The French magazine Gala has beautiful photos of our wedding day... Enjoy!