When two families come together, it can be difficult to keep your independence yet healthily interact with your in-laws because you both have traditions you hold most dear. It can be especially difficult when in-laws don't recognize you as a member of the family, or they resent you for taking away their son or daughter. This can make navigating the holidays especially difficult. But it doesn't have to be this way. Even in the most difficult in-law situations, there's still hope for reconciliation, or at the very least, treating them with a modicum of respect.
If you're hosting your in-laws, there are ways to honor your traditions yet honor your in-laws at the same time. Melding two families together is not easy. Both you and your in-laws may have a set way of doing things for the holidays. If you're going to your in-law’s house, it won't be easy to be recognized as a treasured family member, especially if they regard your spouse's opinions as superior to yours.
If you are dreading your in-laws this holiday season, here are six ways you can thrive (and not merely survive):
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