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8 Qualities I Hope to Possess as a Future Mother-In-Law

By Lori Garcia |

If you ever read my 14 Rules for Dating my Teenage Son, you know I have serious monster-in-law potential. I love my sons with wicked fierce love and I’m desperately hoping by the time they marry, I will have found a way to wrangle up all that motherly mothering I do so well.

That said, I have reason to believe my future daughter-in-law will love me, if for no reason than these 14 Things My Sons Need to Learn Before Moving Out. Pssh, I know I’d kiss the sacred ground my mother-in-law walked on for ‘em.

The truth is mother-in-laws get a bad rap. A mother spends her best years raising an amazing young man who will one day leave the nest to devote his entire universe to a woman she’s only just met. If we moms of boys step outside our role as daughter-in-law for a moment to consider the dynamic for what it really is, it pretty much blows.

As someone who will one day too soon find herself thrust into mother-in-lawdom, I felt it only necessary to record the qualities I somehow hope to possess.

(Kids, you have my permission to print this out and staple it to my head in about 15 years, but not a moment before.)

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How to Be a Great Mother-In-Law

I will develop a relationship with my daughter-in-law

While I'm not her mom, I'm more than just my son's mother. I am a woman with friends of all ages and I'd like her to become my friend.
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About Lori Garcia


Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “8 Qualities I Hope to Possess as a Future Mother-In-Law

  1. Abbie Gale says:

    I say all the time I am raising my future daughter in laws husband. As a mother of all boys I value how important a good relationship with my DILs will be. I also worry every time my in-laws visit their spouse will leave them with us in the middle of the night! He he! I recently wrote about it here. “Why Can’t We Drop Our In-Laws Off at a Safe Haven No Questions Asked.”

  2. Tessie says:

    “You will recognize that her family deserves to spend time with HIM” ?? You’ve already forgotten about this future daughter-in-law! Hummm, think you’re going to have to work at this a little harder!

  3. Kierah says:

    I really hope I bear these things in mind when it’s my turn to become a mom in law.

  4. Melissa says:

    Would it be rude of me to hand a printed copy of this to my mother in law and beg her to do the same :)

  5. Kate says:

    I wish my mother in law had seen this. She is a monster in law and only speaks to my husband!

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