Do you have a strained relationship with your in-laws? If so Mother’s Day could create an opportunity to try and start improving things between you and your partner’s mother. Sunday 3rd April is Mother’s Day – and this could be the perfect time to reassure your mother-in-law that you want to have a fulfilling relationship with her.
Maybe you could go and visit or spend a weekend with her on her territory – sending a clear message that you’re open to having a more meaningful relationship. If you’re not able to visit then you could send a card or a note wishing her the best and expressing your desire to get on better. Sending a few photos of something you and your partner have enjoyed or recent photos of your children might also show your mother-in-law that you and your partner want her to feel part of your life.
If things have been really difficult with your mother-in-law maybe Mother’s Day could be your chance to make amends – if not for yourself then for your partner (not to mention your children or future children should you have them). So for the sake of your partner why not go out of your way to smooth things over and be nice to your mother-in-law on Mother’s Day. A small token of your affection such as a card or flowers might show that you are willing to put your differences aside and be a family.
Of course if things have been strained for some time this small gesture may not be well received. If your mother-in-law does remain cold and hostile or makes hurtful remarks, try to bite your tongue at least for Mother’s Day. Explain that you want to turn over a new leaf and forge a better relationship because she is the person responsible for bringing up your partner, who you both love. However difficult or irritating things might seem with your mother-in-law it can really help to keep this in mind – always try and remember she is your partners’ mother and so will always be significant and that’s why you should keep trying to make things work between you.