You really need to understand how your husband’s mom REALLY thinks and feels.
She will definitely be a part of your life forever, mother of your spouse. Luckily for you, you may never have to argue with her or develop any hatred towards her, nor even live with your mother-in-law, but that doesn’t fully mean you understand her.
She would never stop constantly thinking about you and her son. So she hopes you will be able to fight the challenges thrown at you and overcome the hardest of trials.
Always refer to these 15 possibilities, when trying to understand what your mother-in-law is thinking;
1. I appreciate what you have done
Even mother-in-laws can neglect to thank their families for the little things. She may not say it, but she is thankful for you.
2. You don’t have to call me Mom
Although she would love for you to call her Mom, she understands you may save that name for only the woman who raised you. She respects your decision.
3. Tell me you didn’t like the gift
If you pretend to love the handmade towels she gave you, expect more. If you do not like them, she wants to know just like your spouse, siblings and friends would as well.
4. Can you say thank you?
Picking up the phone and calling your mom is easy. Why is calling your mother-in-law incredibly difficult? She puts forth an effort, buys gifts and sends her love. All she wants is a thank you.
5. I can help too
Calling your mother-in-law for advice can improve your relationship immensely. Has she accomplished something big in her life? Ask about it!
6. You don’t seem very confident in yourself
Whenever she talks to you, you get all nervous and worried your comments are not going to be taken the right way. Acting this way actually puts doubts in her head. It causes her to wonder why you don’t feel confident in yourself or in your relationship with her son.
7. Be yourself; stop pretending
When you slave for weeks preparing for the Sunday dinner she is attending, she notices and wishes you would stop.
8. I wish I didn’t have to compete so hard with your mother
Your mother raised you for 18-plus years. It is understandable you feel a special connection with her and choose to call her more than your mother-in-law. Just try and make it easier for your mother-in-law to feel included in your life.
9. Thank you for making my son so happy
She doesn’t tell you because she may be worried you will only think she is saying it to make you feel good. When she see’s her son laugh when you are around, look deeply into your eyes or even smile because of you, she is sincerely grateful you are in his life.
10. I just want to know when you are going to have a child
Who doesn’t want grandchildren! When you are trying to have a child, let your mother-in-law feel involved and let her know.
11. I know he’s your husband now
She knows you love him. But she does not want to let go of the special bond she has had with him for past 20-plus years. He is still her son, and she wants you to recognize that and let her be an active part of his and your life.
12. I’m glad you are my daughter-in-law
Prepping the room she is going to stay in, taking her out for breakfast and keeping her son in line has made her very grateful to have you.
13. Can I do anything right?
She is trying hard to be closer to you and the family, so let her. Don’t make her feel like you are settling to have her babysit when your parents can’t.
Your mother-in-law is your husband’s mom. He loves her dearly, and you fell in love with him, which says a lot about the way his parents raised him. Although you may not always see eye to eye, appreciate and love her just as much as your own mother.
You may not always know what she is thinking, but these 15 ideas may help you get a bit closer to understanding and empathizing with her.
14. Tell me more
Most at times you may spare all the details to get the point across faster. Paint the full picture for her. Let her be of help when you need it.
15. Please let me give my grandchildren a gift
You think they will act like spoiled brats if you let her give the children gifts. Let her have some fun and be an active part of the children’s lives. A gift now and then will not hurt them.