12 Survival Tips for Dealing With a Monster Mother-in-Law

By Krystin Arneson. Photos by: Getty Images.

Some women hit the mother-in-law jackpot: Everyone gets along, there are coffee dates and perhaps handbag or sweater exchanges, and most importantly, there are boundaries. Some women, however, have to contend with a precarious relationship complete with criticism and privacy lines that aren’t just ignored but also repeatedly crossed. “Mothers of sons are used to being the most important woman in their lives until their children marry,” notes Lee Berg Marchesani, a licensed marriage and family therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. “A relationship is redefined when a son gets married, and it’s a shift that can take everyone—sons, their spouses, and mothers-in-law—time to adjust to.”

In honor of National Mothers-in-Law Day on October 23 (yes, that’s a thing), we enlisted experts to share their strategies for dealing with MIL scenarios.

This story originally appeared on Glamour.

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