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


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


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


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


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


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

I've got his number


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


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


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

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