Why can’t we spend Christmas with my family? How long are your parents going to stay? What did your parent’s say in front of the kids?
Couples will run into these questions (and more) over the course of their marriage. It’s important to love and honor your in-laws, but it’s also important to set boundaries and establish expectations.
Part of doing that is having a conversation with your spouse and determining how you will approach everything from holidays to overnight visits and more. There are NO set rules. For some people, the more time they can spend with both sets of families the better. For other situations, couples may want to set limits because of distance between homes. It’s not about cutting things out, it’s about finding what works for you and your spouse. Make sure you take their concerns and desires as seriously as you do your own.
Listen in as Joe shares how to start setting boundaries and expectations with in-laws and extended families.
THE TAKE AWAY
Whether you’re newly weds or celebrating a golden anniversary, it’s never too late to start talking about how to set boundaries and set expectations for your extended families.