9 Creative and Stress-Free Ways to Bond With Your Mother-in-Law

When you’re in a relationship, spending time with loved ones can become complicated—there are now two families to contend with, each with its own quirks, difficulties, traditions, and dynamics. Perhaps one of the trickiest relationships to navigate, though, is the one between you and your mother-in-law.

There’s no “right” way to have a relationship with your mother-in-law. You might hit it off right from the beginning, or you may find that you never really have a breakthrough and become friends. That’s okay. You don’t have to become attached at the hip, but there’s always room to bond with your mother-in-law and make your relationship stronger. Having a good rapport (even if it’s not a close one) will make life easier for you, your mother-in-law, your partner, and everyone else in the family. Luckily, there are lots of ways to bond with her; some are about fostering emotional intimacy and others about spending quality time together.

If you’re struggling to get close to your mother-in-law, here are nine ideas to get you started.

Everyone has a different relationship with their mother-in-law, and it might be that you’re never going to be super close. But taking opportunities to bond when you're able to will make you feel like you're on the same team. When in doubt, start small and build your way up—it’s better to let it happen naturally than to force it. Simply spending time together in the same space can be a great start.

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