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5 Ways to connect with your new son- or daughter-in-law


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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 07/18/21

Now that the wedding is over, here's how to bond with the newest member of your family.

Once the buzz and excitement of the wedding is over, there’s a new member in your family now, and adjusting to that reality can take time. Even if all of you have the best intentions, you simply don’t know and understand each other as well as the family you’ve had for years.

Family of origin has such an enormous impact on married couples. For young couples, getting to know their in-laws well can be so helpful for understanding each other. 

Due to unusual circumstances, my husband lived with my parents for four months before we were married, while I lived in another state. The priest who presided at our nuptial mass said he thought all engaged couples should do what my husband did! 

Most families won’t experience that, but there are plenty of other ways to get to know a new son- or daughter-in-law and welcome them into the family.

So now that the wedding is over and “happily ever after” has begun, here are 5 ways to connect with the newest member of your family …

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