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A Wife's Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband's Loyalty Without Killing His Parents Paperback – February 23, 2009
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"Jenna's work has been a beacon of hope for those who struggle with one of the most difficult relationships- the in-laws. Her unique insight gives readers practical, easy-to-follow tips and provides insight on how to deal with `the other half' of one's marriage. Her comprehensive work allows marriages to grow in a positive, yet straightforward manner, which for most can be the number one burden in sharing a life with another. Jenna's work is a must read for those who struggle with mitigating the third wheel and should be the go to source for everything in-laws." --Gabriel Lefrancois, Hitched Magazine -- Hitched Magazine
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This book is humorous and calming. The author describes different "types" of in-laws. Mine are not-so-great white sharks. It is not a boring read. I can say that the strategies suggested in the book are very helpful in assisting me to change my own behavior. As a result, I can already see tiny changes in my spouse's behavior. I am less critical of his parents in his presence and he is finally standing up for me to them. It's a hard road but I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel and our marriage is greatly improved from several weeks ago. (before the book) There are worksheets in the back of the book which I did not find helpful at all (which is why I don't give 5 stars). There is also two chapters specifically geared towards your spouse.
At times in situations like this a wife can feel helpless, after all they aren't your parents what right do you have to ask them to back off? The Wife's Guide to In-Laws does a wonderful job of building confidence in the reader letting you know that just because you are married to your husband doesn't mean his family can cross your personalboundaries and make you uncomfortable. You do have the right to respectfully decline an invitation or ask them to call before they just drop by your house. At the heart of this book is the need to be honest with yourself. pick the battles that truly matter most to you then stand your ground in an understanding but firm way. A Wife's Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband's Loyalty Without Killing His Parents will teach you how to do just that.
My second husband has a much harder time setting boundaries with his parents. I tried working things out with them on my own and it led to them completely cutting me off. They have a difficult time openly talking about things, they prefer to sweep things under the rug while having everything their way. Since we've been married, three years now, they haven't called our home phone line once. They make no effort to get to know me. I met my husband in the military and we never lived in their state, so making an effort has been key to bonding as a family. Unless we live near them, they seem to have no interest in having anything to do with me.Read more ›
I've purchased several copies of this book for friends as a gift. The advice is good for brides that have good relationships with their in-laws to terrible relationships. For those with good relationships, it helps keep good boundaries and reminds the bride of how to avoid problems that she may create. For brides with difficult in-law relationship, it will hold her accountable for the part she contributes and give sound, reasonable advice on how to manage her in-law relationship while not jeopardizing her marriage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lack of emotional intelligence. Very disappointed. Not helpful at all.Published 4 months ago by Sara S.
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After having read a bunch of books on the family relationships I wanted to give this one a try but didn't give it much expectations because of the pink cheesy cover. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anna A.
A MUST read!!!! It puts everything in perspective! Eye opening!Published 13 months ago by Maggie G.
This book tells it like it is and offers solutions for serious issues using light-hearted language. I appreciated the no-fault approach that held all parties accountable to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amanda Bergeson
Awesome Book! This is an easy read on a hard topic. I was giving a talk about DIL and their MIL at our church. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nancy S
Very easy to read! My husband connected with this book and we read it within a week (neither of us are big readers). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Renae
Finished this book in 2 days. Didn't want my husband to see me reading it. Otherwise he'll devise another excuse such as "They don't understand the culture. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Arlene--N.J.
I liked this book. It had a wealth of information that I will use in my therapy practice. Thanks so much!Published 23 months ago by Nichol J. West