How to handle your in-laws and family politics etiquette

You know you’re the luckiest person alive to have landed your perfect partner but when it comes to their relations, the laws of probability are not on your side. You’ve upset the balance of their family. At best you’ve swelled their ranks, further dividing the pot of love and attention. At worst you’re the interloper, stealing their beloved son/daughter/brother/sister. 

Even wonderful in-laws can create problems. If they’re warm, uncritical, unfailingly supportive, always pleased to see you and hands-on with their grandchildren, this could expose cracks in your relationship with your own less-than-perfect parents or siblings.

Treat a bad in-law as you would the chickenpox. You don’t want it, you don’t deserve it, but it’s a necessary evil and if you stay calm and are careful not to aggravate it, you’ll come out barely scarred. Sit tight, behave immaculately and trust that there will be no doubt between you and your partner about which family is the better bet. 

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Gia G. Dixon
Gia G. Dixon

I’m Gia G. Dixon, an etiquette consultant certified under Royal Charter of King Charles III. Here is my guide to elegant style, high quality living, and little things that make your daily life glamorous.

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