"Managing the In-laws"


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The Basics...

Working things out with the inlaws can be tricky. Here Power of Two founder Dr. Susan Heitler gives some advice on how to deal with the extra entourage in your marriage: your and your spouse's families.

Firstly, remember that extended family can provide a lot of joy. They are a great resource and support network and give you the opportunity to travel, share and meet new people. One common mistake is to let the inlaws take initiative to contact. Any reaching out enables you to set a positive tone. Around tense areas, stick to the rule: You talk with your parents, I'll talk with my parents. Always present your concerns in a positive way! Using yes...and, at the same time... phrases can be extremely helpful when discussing problems.

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