Dec 4, 2019
Let’s talk about mothers-in-law!
Even though boundaries and rules work the same way across all adult
relationships, there’s a tendency to forget this with our parents
and our in-laws (especially mothers-in-law). That’s why this
episode is dedicated to the often-complicated relationship with
mothers-in-law. If you’ve ever felt slighted by your mother-in-law
or wanted more connection than she seems willing to give, this is
the episode for you!
Biggest Takeaways From Episode #75:
in mind that if you’re a woman with children (or hope to have them
someday), there’s a good chance that you yourself will someday be a
- Imagine your problematic mother-in-law were an
acquaintance. Would you spend energy trying to develop a friendship
with her? If not, why not apply that same principle to your
mother-in-law? It’s okay to let go of the wish for, or expectation
of, a friendly relationship.
just one person is holding up a relationship, it’s not really a
true relationship between two people.
- Ultimately, it’s healthier for the son- or
daughter-in-law (and better for their relationship) to practice
self-care, create boundaries, and find their “I can’t.”
- Sometimes when we pull back our energy, the
other person (the mother-in-law in this case) may feel invited to
become more involved.
Highlights from Episode #75:
- Vicki welcomes listeners to
this episode about boundaries and mothers-in-law.
- We hear a bit about Vicki’s
relationship with her late mother-in-law, as well as the question
that prompted today’s episode. [02:41]
- Vicki shares her reaction and
responses to the listener’s question, as well as some advice.
- Over the years, Vicki has heard
some truly awful mother-in-law stories. She briefly digs into
these, then explains why setting boundaries is better for both the
son- or daughter-in-law and their spouse. [12:43]
- Vicki explains why it’s
important for the spouse whose mother is involved to be the one to
resolve the issue when there’s ongoing conflict.
- We hear a recap of the points
that Vicki has covered in this episode. [21:38]
Links and Resources:
Vicki Tidwell Palmer
Moving Beyond Betrayal by Vicki Tidwell Palmer
5-Step Boundary Solution
Vicki’s Survive & Thrive Membership
Beyond Bitchy Podcast | Episode 72:
Are There Different “Boundaries Rules” for Loved