Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 28 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Wenceslaus
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

7 Reasons to cherish your mother-in-law

FAMILY

Shutterstock

Cerith Gardiner - published on 03/05/19

Even when you think it's too hard to get along with your MIL, there are plenty of positives to consider.

For centuries, mothers-in-law have been the butt of jokes because they are often considered to be possessive, bossy, critical, or interfering. But the truth is, they almost always want the best for their children, grandchildren, and probably even you. While it can be a difficult relationship to navigate, it’s also an important one for the entire family’s peace and well-being.

With a little reflection and openness, you can probably identify lots of positive things your mother-in-law brings to your life. And by learning to appreciate the mother of your spouse and grandmother of your children — or future children — you can come to see her in a new light.


MOTHER IN LAW

Read more:
Trouble getting along with your mother-in-law? There’s a reason why

Tags:
Relationships
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
2
VATICAN LEGOS
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
3
Giovanna Binci
He’s autistic, she has Down syndrome, and they’re wonderfully hap...
4
Fr. Michael Rennier
The purpose of life according to J.R.R. Tolkien
5
PADRE PIO
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
6
crisis man
Marzena Devoud
Advice from 3 monks for overcoming acedia
7
Christ and the woman taken in adultery
Daniel Esparza
What Jesus wrote
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.