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Becoming a Parent-in-law - a life transition

By Dan and Mari Greenwood


Marriages provide families with both delights and challenges. This material is intended to help in-laws to do what they can towards building and maintaining healthy and enjoyable relationships in the new and different frameworks.

Some pages are designed to help you to consider different aspects of relating and how to build on the strengths of everyone involved.

Other sections may enable you to identify any problem areas and understand how you might cope with them.

The way that the material is set out enables you to choose a single topic or read right through.

Points to Ponder

You will find this heading at places where you may want to stop, reflect and possibly write down your response to what is written.


Some Facts to Consider

‘A parent-in-law is for life, not just for the wedding’

Being a parent-in-law is a long-term privilege and a long-term responsibility.

Any wedding introduces change in two whole families’ lives for ever, as well as into the couple’s lives.

Some Questions to Ask

Are we as the ‘older generation’ prepared for that?

Is there ‘work’ to do on relationship-building as we go through change?

Or some months or years later can we cope with repair work when necessary if things get ‘crumbly’?

Or do we believe that everyone will just live happily ever after, with all hopes and dreams being fulfilled?

The many topics included may help you to understand the varied ways in which people from approach life and relationships, against the background of their different life-experiences. POINT TO PONDER
Could any unrealistic expectations that we have now form the basis of problems in the family now or in the future?

Available as a Booklet

You can order this article as a 30 page booklet from:

Parents-in-law Project,
24, Lawford Crescent,
Yateley, Hants. GU46 6JU

Cheque £3.50 payable to P. Buck

Building New Relationships and Continuing with Old Ones

In this article
- Introduction
- Building New Relationships and Continuing with Old Ones
- Getting To Know Ourselves
- Trying to understand apparent remoteness of some young in-laws
- Preparing To Become In-Laws
- Essential Components for Relationships
- Relating Health Check for Parents
- Understanding Temperament Differences
- Understanding Temperament Differences (cont.)
- How Family Members Talk Together
- Couples Need Family And Friends
- 16 Ways To Do The Best You Can
- The Experiences Of Other In-Laws
- Postscript - What Will They Call Us?

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