Getting Along With Your In-Laws

In-law relationships need a touch of civility. Consider the story of Stephanie, who complained, “My mother-in-law never approves of the way I do anything. The last time Joe and I visited her it happened again. Just trying to be nice and helpful, I washed all the pots and pans after Read More…

Dealing with Sibling In Laws and Extended Family

“How can married Christians, deal graciously with problematic siblings and sibling in laws?” That is the question we’d like to address. Each year, we receive quite a few emails, sent to us from those who are married. Many of them are encountering difficulties in dealing with sibling in laws. The Read More…

How To Truly Cleave To Your Mate

Failing to leave your parents hurts them in the long run as well as your mate and yourself. Agree together on a mutual plan to leave the authority of your parents. And then you must truly cleave to your mate. Here are several suggestions for truly leaving your parents’ authority Read More…

FOR PARENTS: Establishing Good In Law Relationships

“Parents and their married children can resolve differing points of view in a mature and gracious manner,” says Dr. Howard Hendricks. Parents will find the following guidelines helpful in avoiding such conflicts. It will keep their in law relationships strong and healthy. Pause it will contribute to the success of Read More…

A Word To Parents And Parents-In-Laws

Regarding her married children, one mother said, “Lord, give me the wisdom to bite my tongue.” Our hope for parents is that you trust the Lord with your children so that you won’t need to bite your tongue. Let them make some mistakes (by your standards). Parents tend to give Read More…

Did I Marry My Spouse’s Family?

Does it appear that you married your spouse’s family when you married your spouse? That is the situation being questioned here. Gary and Carrie Oliver address this situation: Question Concerning Spouse’s Family: My wife and I have had fifteen years of struggle over how much loyalty we should hold toward each Read More…

How Do I Tell My Mother In Law To “Back Off?”

The following is a question that was answered by Jay Kessler. It concerns a mother in law who needs to back off: Question Concerning Mother In Law: My mother-in-law seems to have so much sway with my husband, more than I have sometimes. Recently we were considering a career move Read More…

I Love My In Laws

I was reading an article a while back titled, “In Love With My In Laws” in a copy I purchased of Marriage Partnership Magazine. In it the author, Renae Bottom, wrote something I can relate to. It’s one that many couples can’t but others, including myself and my husband can. I love Read More…

The In Law Tug Of War

Do you feel like there’s a “tug of war” going on between you and your spouse, your parents, and your in-laws? And do you feel like somehow you’re caught in the middle? This in law tug of war can be a serious one. When you marry, you can’t imagine getting Read More…

The In Law Inventory – A Discussion Springboard

This In Law Inventory can be used to generate an open discussion with each other on this matter. It might be helpful to each have your own copy to mark, before starting your discussion. In Law Inventory Please place a check next to each of the statements that apply to Read More…