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          Warning Signs of Future Mother-in-Law Problems

          February 19, 2010

          Finding a way to get along with your husband’s mother is crucial for the long-term success of your marriage. “People think ‘Once we get married, that will all go away.’ No, it won’t,” Dr. Phil says. If you want to know ahead of time if you’ll have in-law issues, read Dr. Phil’s warning signs:


          • Mother-in-law is insensitive; doesn’t respect boundaries
          • Mother-in-law is overly dependent on son for emotional and lifestyle support
          • Partner clearly puts mother-in-law needs/requests ahead of yours
          • Partner talks to mother daily; drops everything when she calls
          • Partner values mother’s advice and opinions over yours
          • Partner runs to mother when arguments occur
          • Mother-in-law attacks your character
          • Mother-in-law treats her son like he’s still a child/competes with you
          • During family gatherings, you’re overlooked or ignored by mother-in-law
          • Mother-in-law actively campaigns against your marriage

          For more information on how to deal with your in-laws, read Dr. Phil’s advice: 

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