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

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.)


  • I will develop a relationship with my daughter-in-law 1 of 8
    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.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I will relinquish my crown with grace 2 of 8
    I will relinquish my crown with grace
    As difficult as it will undoubtedly be, I vow to step down from my thrown as the primary woman in my son's life. By respecting his wife's place in his heart, I'm solidifying my place in his growing family.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I will share holidays 3 of 8
    I will share holidays
    I know it won't be easy to share important holidays with my daughter-in-law's distant family, but I recognize that her family deserves my son just as much as I do.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I will respect my son as an adult 4 of 8
    I will respect my son as an adult
    While he'll always be my child, I'll respect and admire the remarkable man he's become.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I will be the exception to the mother-in-law rule… 5 of 8
    I will be the exception to the mother-in-law rule...
    ...or at least try to be. I won't criticize cooking, cleaning, or caring for my son. If he's happy, then I'm happy.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I will only offer advice when asked… 6 of 8
    I will only offer advice when asked...
    ...and even then remain very careful while giving it.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I’ll be there…but not too much 7 of 8
    I'll be there...but not too much
    My son and his family can count on me whenever and wherever they may need me, but never will I descend unannounced and take over.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • I will recognize that my son has his own life 8 of 8
    I will recognize that my son has his own life
    I vow to remain conscious of the guilt tactics and overbearing tendencies that can spill out of the best place of a mother's heart.
    Image credit: Shutterstock

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