I have known my mother-in-law for half of my life. Half of my life. If you buy into the stereotype that says mother-in-laws are intolerable, especially towards their son’s bride, then those words just caused your body to cringe. They have become a cliché in our society. Movies and TV shows portray this all the time, but clichés don’t happen without some truth being there somewhere.
Thankfully, my mother-in-law doesn’t fit this image. We liked one another right away. But, you see, we couldn’t be more different than milk and orange juice. If you laid out 10 identical items and told us to pick the five we liked the best, they would likely never be the same. Where she likes ESPN as much as my husband does, I don’t even know what channel ESPN is on. Where she wears fancy dresses to church, I feel dressed up if I arrive in khakis. Where I can be a workout-a-holic, she doesn’t go to the gym. None of these characteristics are bad, just different. Though over time, I realized the one thing we had in common far outweighed our difference: Three of the people on the planet I love the most happen to be her most cherished individuals also.
In light of that one commonality, it’s my hope I can give her the things I know she wants from me, even if they take effort. Here are the 10 things I believe all mothers-in-law want from their daughters-in-law:
Photo credit: ©GettyImages/gpointstudio