The in-laws visiting your home can be a daunting prospect. Whether they’re visiting for the Christmas holidays or just visiting for the day, it can feel like walking on eggshells to make sure everything is perfect. If you’re worrying about how to do it all while they’re around, this article has you covered.
Fortunately, there are some guaranteed ways to keep your in-laws happy while they’re in your home. Take a look at everything you need to know.
Respect Your Spouse
The main thing that any parent is going to care about is how you treat their child. Show your in-laws how much you love and respect their child and you’ll easily jump over the first hurdle. That doesn’t mean constant public displays of affection but it may mean refraining from teasing your spouse as you usually do.
Talk to your spouse about what you should and shouldn’t do in front of your in-laws. Your spouse will know how your in-laws are likely to react to specific things.
Use Your Culinary Skills
If your in-laws are around for a while, it’s likely you’ll get to cook them a meal. If you’re not great in the kitchen, this could be something you’re worried about. Instead of trying to impress by getting creative, stick to tried and tested recipes you know well.
Alternatively, opt for recipes that can’t go wrong. For example, take a look at how to make butterscotch pudding. It’s easy and it’s a firm favorite with everyone.
It may be your home but your in-laws don’t want to see you wandering around in your sweats. If you’re just showing them around the town and spending quality time with them, you don’t have to dress for the runway but you should be presentable at all times. It may feel like you can’t really relax in your own home but just remember, it’s only for a short time.
Even though in-laws want to be welcomed and respected, they also like to know that you have your own opinions. If you agree with everything they say, they’ll suspect that you aren’t being yourself. Don’t be afraid to own your beliefs and get your point across.
However, avoid getting into a debate or argument. This can lead to offense and offense can ruin relationships.
Invite Your Parents Too
While your in-laws are visiting, it can help to invite your parents too. Not only is this a great way for them to get to know each other but it will also help you to impress. Parents like to brag about their children, so it’s guaranteed your parents will list off some impressive stories about you to your in-laws.
Just remind them to keep embarrassing stories to a minimum and refrain from getting into arguments with your parents while they’re there.
So yeah, nothing earth shattering here. Just some good reminders for next time the in-laws come for a visit.