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!).
It hurts to be downsized
I spent a couple of decades being the leading lady; now I have a character role.
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
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
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’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. Don’t miss these 16 heartwarming mother-son quotes.
I have a dirty little secret
I’m afraid that if I don’t get this right, you’ll cut me off. Learn the real reason so many adult siblings lose touch.
I’m lucky to have you!
Whenever I stay at your house, you always have my room ready, my towels, everything. You do all the right things.
You know me well
I cherish the refrigerator magnet you gave me: “Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.”
You don’t have to call me Mom
But it would be nice if you did. Show your mother-in-law you appreciate her with these 29 beautiful Mother’s Day quotes.
I really want to make you happy
If you hate that green sweater I bought you, please, please tell me.
Thank you for making my child so happy
If I haven’t told you that very much, it’s because I’m afraid you’ll think I’m sucking up.
I so wish I could talk to you about it
Sometimes I watch you making choices that I so fear will lead you to difficulty. But I bite my tongue. Memorize these 10 wise quotes that can stop an argument in its tracks.
I’m aware that my time on this earth is growing shorter
I want to spend it positively. I don’t want to waste it by fighting. Use these tricks for making it through the holidays with your in-laws.
I really want to give my grandkids a gift now and then
But you forbid me to do it. That’s painful.
I want us to be closer
The last time I was at your house, you hardly even spoke to me. I can’t understand why.
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. Try borrowing these 17 secrets of the happiest families.
Some mothers-in-law will say anything
I try not to. It’s not wanted, appreciated, or believed.
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?”
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.” These are 11 more things you should never say to your family.