Spending the day with your in-laws can be challenging but when you plan effectively and efficiently, you can maintain a healthy relationship.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time with them:
Create a flexible itinerary
Offer a few ideas for different activities and get your in-laws involved. Having things planned out during your stay reduces the time spent sitting around getting on each other's nerves. Pack everything your family needs and take extra for any emergency to prove to your in-laws, you are taking care of their son and grandchildren if you decide to spend the night.
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Spend the day outside
Spend the afternoon with your in-laws and family outside the house. Buy the movie tickets considering their preference, dine outside, get to know your in-laws and spending the evening listening to some live band high life performances.
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Set up a special afternoon...without you
Host a gathering in your in-laws' honor
Invite friends with similar interests to meet your in-laws. Allow your mother-in-law to prepare her favorite recipe for the special program. Invite your friends and friends of your in-laws to create lively conversation over dinner and help the evening go smoothly.
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Retire to your room early
Make your end-of-the-day routine well known, even if it means retiring to the comfort of your own bed with a glass of wine. Simply say, "Today has been great. I am going to start winding down. Feel free to stay up as late as you would like. See you all in the morning!" This will allow you to reclaim your evening by relaxing in your room.