By Lauren Pardee, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine
We all know that having in-laws can be an intimidating thing. Here is a whole new addition to your family, whom you are still getting to know! It’s a nerve-racking process trying to get them to like you. It is so important that you find common ground with your in-laws and show that you want to make an effort to have a good relationship. You want to prove that your love for their son extends onto them as well! If you are having trouble figuring out ways to connect with your new-found family, try some of these suggestions!
Cook Them Dinner
For those who know how to cook, the best way to impress the in-laws hearts is through their stomachs! Grab your favorite recipe and cook up a beautiful home cooked meal. Set up a beautiful table (add some fresh flowers for a cute centerpiece) and invite your man’s family over. For an extra touch make a desert they will not be able to resist!
Family Game Night
Family game night sounds a bit childish, but it is a tradition that many households hold dear to their hearts. Pick family-friendly, fun games such as Apples to Apples or Charades, and pour a few glasses of wine! This is such an easy way to break the ice and get to know your’ in laws a little better!
Walk Down Memory Lane
One night ask your in-laws if you can come over and watch home videos and look at scrapbooks from you boyfriend or husbands childhood. Any parent jumps at the chance to relive the days when their kid was still a kid. I’m sure the night will be full of laughter, embarrassing yet funny stories and pure love for the memories they cherish so much. Any parent would love the idea that you want to know more about their son’s life.
Just because you’re younger then your in-laws doesn’t mean you cannot go out with them! I don’t necessarily mean hitting the club… there are so many other options. Sure you can go dancing, but you could see a show, go to a game, or maybe just a fancy dinner! The more you are involved with your in-laws and find common interest the more comfortable you will be around each other!
Keep Them in the Loop
Any parent appreciates getting updates about what is going on in their child’s life! Make your in-laws feel loved and important by sending them texts, emails or calls every once in a while. Updating them with photos of small trips you may be going on, or a postcard here and there can go a long way! They will love to hear what you are up to and much of a happy couple you are!
Keep up with these tips and your relationship will bloom and make the family dynamic amazing! What could be better then a happy partner and happy in-laws? Soon enough all of these tips will be natural to you, and you wont feel like you have to work towards a relationship!
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