You are newly married. Life has been wonderful. But how do you navigate and fit-in with the in-laws?

Having in-laws can be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to fit in with a new family. Whether you’re joining a new family through marriage or through a partner, it’s important to make an effort to build a positive relationship with your in-laws. Here are some tips :

  1. Be yourself: Don’t try to be someone you’re not in order to impress your in-laws. It’s important to be yourself and let your personality shine through. Your partner chose you, because they love every single part of you & your personality. Your in-laws will appreciate you more if they see the real you. Don't overthink everything! It can be exhausting.

  2. Show interest in their lives: Ask your new family about their interests and what they like to do. Showing an interest in their lives can help build a bond and create a positive relationship. You are family now.

  3. Be respectful: Treat your in-laws with respect, just as you would with any other family member. Listen to them and be courteous in your interactions with them. Don't forget this is new for everyone, family is everything.

  4. Offer to help: Offer to help your in-laws with tasks or errands. This can show them that you are willing to be part of the family and that you care about their well-being.

  5. Communicate openly: Open communication is key to building a positive relationship with everyone in the family. If you have any concerns or issues, discuss them openly and respectfully to avoid misunderstandings. With so many differing opinions & personalities, there is bound to be "that moment" when you wish you could crawl under a table. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us! 

  6. Participate in family events: We love family get togethers! Attend family events and be an active participant. Whether it’s a holiday gathering or a family dinner, being involved in family events keeps you connected. Be spontaneous, this is when the most fun is had! 

  7. Learn about their culture and traditions: If your in-laws have different cultural or family traditions, take the time to learn about them, this is so important. This shows them that you are respectful of their cultural background and are truly glad you are now part of their family traditions and life. 

  8. Be patient: Building a relationship with your in-laws takes time. Be patient and understanding, and remember that it takes effort from both sides to build a strong and positive relationship.

Fitting in with your in-laws can be a challenge, but with patience, respect, and open communication, you can build a positive relationship that will last a lifetime. Remember, your in-laws are a part of your family, and it’s important to treat them with kindness and respect. As your own family grows, you will want them to be a big part of your life.

Cheers for now


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