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How to Manage In-Laws During the Holidays

Holidays are a time when families come together to celebrate the season and enjoy one another’s company. However, sometimes, it can be difficult to deal with certain family members because you just don’t see eye to eye on certain topics or you just have nothing in common. Many married couples find it difficult to deal with in-laws during the holidays, as well. If you are looking forward to the holidays but you’re dreading seeing your spouse’s parents, here are some tips you can use to manage your in-laws and have a happy holiday together.

  • Don’t Let Petty Comments Bother You

While it may be difficult for you to ignore some of the comments your mother or father in-law make, just do your best to bite your tongue. However, if they say something that really offends you and your spouse isn’t speaking up, address the offensive comment in a polite way. Stand your ground, but speak like a civilized adult while doing so.

  • Agree to Disagree

Sometimes, you may not agree with what your in-laws say or do, but rather than starting a big argument or starting drama, simply agree to disagree. Try to keep in mind that your in-laws are older and possibly wiser than you are and do deserve your respect. If your mother in-law makes a suggestion about baking cookies or decorations, take it into consideration, but if it is something you just don’t agree with, then thank her, and agree to disagree.

  • Make the Most of Your Time Together

While it may sound cliché, it is important for you to make the most of your time together during the holidays. You can better manage your in-laws by spending time with them and bonding, rather than not getting along. Remember the reason for the season and be at peace, rather than at war over something temporary or minute.

In-laws can be annoying and their opinions may drive you absolutely crazy, but since you married their child, you will have to learn to love them eventually. The holidays are a time for togetherness and joy, so make the most of them. Try these three simple tips to make your holiday get together go smoother and you will see that your in-laws may not be so bad.


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