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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What Makes a Good Mother-in-Law


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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

                                                                                                                             
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."
                                —Anthony Brandt

Recently, I was talking with a young man who has been married about a year, and he said that his wife was having mother-in-law problems.  Of course, that means the problems were with his mother, the future grandmother of his children. Not a good way to start off any marriage.

How would you describe a good mother-in-law?  And what suggestions do you have for a mother-in-law about connecting with a son- or daughter-in-law in an especially meaningful way?
A friend told me about her family's annual girls' getaway—for Mom, her daughters, daughter-in-laws, and teenage granddaughters. Sounds like fun! Have you ever done this?

A family filled with love is such a blessing to grandchildren. May the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13 be true for your family and mine:  "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Have a great week,
Mary
Mary May Larmoyeux

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3 comments:

Karen Barnes Jordan said...

I hosted my family's "girls only" get-away last summer. It was great to get re-acquainted with my female relatives. We're hoping to plan something else this summer, but the guys were kinda jealous. So, we might have to include them for the next one.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

What did you do for your "girls only" get-away, Karen? It really sounds like a fun thing to do!

Anonymous said...

Respect. This is the woman who cares for your son. If your son is happy, you should be happy. Give space. In time, you will love her as your own. Blessings, Rita