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10 Vows Mothers-In-Law Should Take During Wedding Season

 10 Vows Mothers-In-Law Should Take, mothers in law, mothers in law from hell, daughter in law, marriage and in laws

What vow does your mother-in-law need to take?

Ah, mothers-in-law. If you’ve got a good one, you should get on your knees and thank the powers that be that you do because we all know how many of us have monsters-in-law.

Since it’s wedding season, it got me thinking about how much brides-to-be consider the impact that in-laws will make on their marriage. It can be pretty significant. It can also be the culprit behind many divorces. More importantly, I wonder if mothers-in-law ever consider how their role in the family factors into the equation. Perhaps if they took vows the way a bride and groom do, just maybe that new husband and wife would enjoy a happier marriage.

No one wants to alienate a caring mother-in-law from the family. On the contrary, a good relationship with your mother-in-law can be your saving grace and provide a beautiful friendship with your husband’s mother and your kids’ grandmother.

So I ask, had your mother-in-law taken the following vows and kept them, would your marriage be happier … and would you possibly be a little saner right now?

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  • Vow #1: I promise to think… 1 of 11
    Vow #1: I promise to think…
    About the words I choose before I say them. If I think for even one minute that they might be offensive, I will keep my mouth shut!
    Image: iStock
  • Vow #2: I promise to recognize… 2 of 11
    Vow #2: I promise to recognize…
    That my son, though once my baby boy, is now a fully grown man with a family, not only my son anymore.
    Image: Flickr/mallix
  • Vow #3: I promise to remember… 3 of 11
    Vow #3: I promise to remember…
    That my daughter-in-law will (and should) always come first in his life now. (My mother-in-law had perfected this and I'm in awe of her for it.)
    Image: Flickr/pregnancyeducation
  • Vow #4: I promise to maintain composure… 4 of 11
    Vow #4: I promise to maintain composure…
    When my beliefs counter with my son's and daughter-in-law's beliefs on education, co-sleeeping, discipline, etc… If I feel that any harm might come to my grandchild from them, I will revisit Vow #1, and then if I still feel I need to say something, I will, but in a calm, non-accusatory manner.
    Image: Stockxchng
  • Vow #5: I promise to be attentive to my grandchildren… 5 of 11
    Vow #5: I promise to be attentive to my grandchildren…
    But also respect and enforce my son's and daughter-in law's rules. So if it's no candy before dinner, I promise to not slip a Snickers bar to my grandchild when no one is around.
    Image: Flickr/curranbeacher
  • Vow #6: I promise to not criticize… 6 of 11
    Vow #6: I promise to not criticize…
    My daughter-in-law's cooking, cleaning, or clothing. First of all, I realize that my son has 50% responsibility in the cooking and cleaning areas. Besides if my daughter-in-law is kind enough to make me a meal, I will revert back to Vow #1 yet again, and then say thank you.
    Image: Flickr/palamaboy
  • Vow #7: I promise to recall… 7 of 11
    Vow #7: I promise to recall…
    That I was once a new bride with bright hopes and dreams who wanted to get along with her mother-in-law and have a peaceful family. Even if I never got that chance, I will do my best to make that a possibility for my daughter-in-law.
    Image: Stockxchng
  • Vow #8: I promise to understand… 8 of 11
    Vow #8: I promise to understand…
    That my son loves his wife and I want him to be happy. As hard as it may be, I know that his wife and children are now the center of his universe, not me.
    Image: Flickr/hitmancasey
  • Vow #9: I promise to learn… 9 of 11
    Vow #9: I promise to learn…
    About technology and the ways young people communicate, and not berate them if they text instead of making a call, or send an email instead of always paying a visit. And I'll try to learn how text and email them back! (Just wait until I learn how to Skype!)
    Image: Stockxchng
  • Vow #10: I promise to consider… 10 of 11
    Vow #10: I promise to consider…
    The fact that we all make mistakes. Newly married couples and parents learn as they go along, as we all did. Just because they don't do things the way I like does not mean they are wrong. So go ahead and use a kiddie leash, I won't even bat my eyelashes! (At least now in front of you!)
    Image: Stockxchng
  • What vow should your mother-in-law take? 11 of 11
    What vow should your mother-in-law take?
    Tell us what your mother-in-law does in the comments below that just makes you want to pull your hair out? What vow does she desperately need to take?
    Image: iStock

Image: iStock

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