Steps to Deal With Difficult In-laws

Steps to Deal With Difficult In-laws

Published On: March 28, 2024

Taking steps to deal with difficult in-laws can be a hard pill to swallow, especially when that pill regenerates with every interaction. 

When you married your spouse, there was enough to consider with your relationship to worry about. Family members are part of that equation but may be harder to handle than your partner. If you’re having a difficult time keeping things cordial with in-laws, there are ways you can preserve the relationship without bringing discomfort to your marriage.

Get in touch with our expert team today for online counselling services that can teach you how to avoid toxic behaviours and mitigate your relationships in difficult situations. 

Establish Boundaries

Even close relationships have boundaries. Unsolicited parenting advice, criticisms of your housekeeping, or unwarranted financial tips can be toxic and harmful. One way you can help yourself stay sane is by setting clear boundaries concerning topics that are visited too frequently. Establishing a boundary benefits your own mental health, which is why it’s important to have these conversations as soon as possible, regardless of how often the unwanted behaviour occurs.

Use Calm and Clear Language

Confrontational language can often set toxic individuals off. If you have a reactive in-law, the best reaction to this kind of behaviour, beyond setting a boundary, is to use calm and clear language when you speak. Taking steps to deal with difficult in-laws non-confrontationally can help prevent unneeded strife.

Bring Expectations to Reality

If your in-law is not what you expected, it may be time to manage your expectations. Understand that while there are all kinds of things an in-law should be, you only have what you’ve been given when it comes to in-law relationships. Preserving and accepting what you have in an in-law is one of the first steps you can take to better mental health, especially when contending with them and their habits.

Accept Differences and Similarities

It’s important to accept both the differences and similarities between you and your in-laws. Finding common ground is a great way to ease tension. At the same time, understanding and accepting the differences between you and your in-laws is the quickest path toward a healthier mind. If you don’t agree on politics, parenting, or anything else, simply slate those topics as no-breach zones for the future.

Prioritize Marriage and Communication First

When encountering difficult relationships, your marriage should come first. Remember, you’re not in this situation alone; you and your partner can act as a united front against conflict, supporting each other through the process. If this is a sore subject for your partner, approach the topic gently and talk it out. Communication and collaboration can make any situation safer and more tolerable for your mental health.

Learn More About Keeping Healthy Relationships at Bayridge

You deserve a healthy relationship, whether with your in-laws or in your marriage. To learn more about the importance of taking steps to deal with difficult in-laws, contact the Bayridge Counselling team at (905) 319-1488 today.

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