The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Make Friends with) Your Mother-In-Law! (Outskirts Press) provides wives with ways to diffuse the critical, crabby new woman in their lives.
To keep your mother-in-law from becoming a monster, author Sally Shields advises women to call their mother-in-law on a regular basis, ask her advice, take her on casual shopping or lunch dates, and complement her often.
Shields also says, Tell her what a great mother she is. And if she brings over a gift, display it so shell be proud, even if its not your cup of tea. Little white lies are okay.
To keep your mother-in-law from getting moody, its crucial for women to play the name game.
Shields says, Call her Mom. Itll help make her feel like the boss. Believe me, in the beginning I could do no right. Now my mother-in-law is my biggest fan.
The Daughter-in-Law Rules is out now. For more info go to thedilrules.com.
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