26 Things Your Mother-in-Law Is Secretly Thinking

Build a better relationship with his mother by remembering these things she'd like to say but won't (you hope!)

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It hurts to be downsized

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I spent a couple of decades being the leading lady; now I have a character role. This is the secret to finally winning over your mother-in-law, according to science.

I know he's your husband now

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But he’s still my son. Try these little ways to strengthen your marriage in just one day.

You don't seem very confident about yourself

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The littlest comment from me is taken as a criticism, so I’m very careful what I say around you. Follow these science backed tips to boost your self confidence.

A little gratitude wouldn't hurt

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Every year, I send you a birthday present, but you never even pick up the phone to thank me. This year, I said, “That’s it. No more.” Yet look at me: I’m about to send another present. I guess that’s how I am. Read these gratitude quotes to feel inspired.

I want the best for both of us

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We mothers say to our children, “I want you to be happy.” And we mean that. What we don’t say is, “But I would like to be happy too.” Try out these little things you can do right now to make your marriage happier.

I know a little something

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I’ve bought and sold 13 houses in my life. Why won’t you ask for my advice?

When I visit you, I'm just coming to see the family

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I’m not coming for a "white-glove inspection.” Follow these tips to avoid marriage counseling.

I've got his number

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When I really want to talk to my son privately, I don’t call your house. I call his cell phone.

I'm truly appreciative

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I’m so happy that you allow my son—your husband—to visit me on Mother’s Day. It’s a long trip and a big expense.

I have a dirty little secret

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I’m afraid that if I don’t get this right, you’ll cut me off.

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