More Things Your Mother-in-Law Won’t Tell You

The dreaded mother-in-law! Your relationship with her can certainly place stress on your marriage. No matter how hard you try to please her, there will surely be some things she doesn't like but never mentions—or so you hope.

By Maureen Mackey from Reader's Digest | May 2009


  • 16.

    I thought you'd be thrilled to have me as your mother-in-law.

    I thought that you’d think, Wow, I’m so lucky! It kills me that you don’t.

  • 17.

    I always send gifts for your birthday and all the holidays.

    It bugs me that you never thank me personally.

  • 18.

    Some mothers-in-law will say anything.

    I try not to. It’s not wanted, appreciated, or believed.

  • 19.

    I've actually led a rich, interesting, complicated life.

    I wish you’d see me that way. I feel a little resentful that suddenly my whole life is seen through the prism of “the mother-in-law.” 

  • 20.

    When I call you on the phone at 8 in the morning on a Saturday...

      I hope you’re not secretly saying, “Damn. Why is she calling here so early?”

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