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Wow, it's beautiful, please can I take it back?

For a sentimental family occasion, my inlaws got me a very sweet present of some expensive jewelry-- after being told very clearly that I don't like expensive jewelry and don't really wear it. How terrible would it be (politically, ethically, relationally) if I were to return the item in question to the store? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 60 answers

Other than Naomi and Ruth...

What are some stories (real/historical or fictional) about good mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships that I can read? [more inside]
posted by peacrow on May 30, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I support my husband while he sets boundaries with his family?

How do I best support my partner when he sets boundaries with his passive-aggressive family, particularly when the boundaries are about how they've been treating me? Wall of text, with bonus holiday drama, inside! [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Dec 26, 2012 - 38 answers

Please help me negotiate with this family that I am now a part of

So, my inlaws are visiting, I'm not sure how to iron the details out with my SO. We have very different ideas about how this should transpire. I am also having trouble dealing with the culture of their family I'm trying to be as short as possible. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by ibakecake on Aug 6, 2012 - 41 answers

Aunt In-Law Once Removed?

What do you call your brother-in-law's mom? [more inside]
posted by janelikes on Jan 10, 2012 - 36 answers

Making My Own Misery

I need some wisdom to get the chip off my shoulder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 54 answers

Seeking long term advice for dealing with "asker" in-laws as a life-long "guesser."

Seeking long term advice for dealing with "asker" in-laws as a life-long "guesser." [more inside]
posted by anony moose on Nov 22, 2011 - 24 answers

Mother-in-law troubles

I need some help regarding my prospective mother-in-law's involvement in our lives. [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet on Sep 12, 2011 - 24 answers

Help me enjoy Boxing Day with my in-laws (more) this year.

Help me enjoy Boxing Day with my in-laws (more) this year. [more inside]
posted by braemar on Dec 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Reality check, please!

Mother in law invited herself on vacation, I'm not happy. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 - 34 answers

Fed up.

Help me understand/deal with my in law's [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 - 33 answers

Why can't I win even if I win?

When you "win" an argument with your spouse, it's not really winning, or is it? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Sep 17, 2010 - 47 answers

Much ado about dunking

Infant son's getting baptized, and our sister-in-law feels she should be allowed to invite several friends of hers who're not of our faith and not acquainted with either us or the baby. I think she's out of line. O wise Hivemind, which of us is right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 - 65 answers

What can/should we do to help my father-in-law?

What can/should we do to help my father-in-law? He's mismanaged his money, he's unemployed and he's in danger of losing everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I tolerate gatherings more?

With the holidays coming I find my inability to tolerate some family members and listen to the inane chatter that fills the room. I am often visually unhappy about the situation. How can I tolerate such gatherings in a way that at least makes it appear I'm not so unhappy? (Bonus points if I'm ACTUALLY not so unhappy). [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 1, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me figure out how to deal with my sister-in-law!

Help me learn to deal with my sister-in-law without going crazy! (Long background inside) [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Nov 18, 2008 - 47 answers

Newlyweds and InLaws

I am getting married this November. My SO and I have a great relationship with her parents and siblings, who live in the same town as we do (actually, she's living with her parents until our wedding). My family is 3,000 miles away from us. Now, I have a job offer that would require us to move about three hours away from her family. We can also stay where we are. Is it a good idea to be in close proximity to family as newlyweds? Is it more important to break away and start out on our own?
posted by willpie on Jul 8, 2004 - 17 answers

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