Dear Anyone - family Advice  


  A:  Get over it!        33%
  B:  This is a difficult situation and can be very lone ...        22%
  C:  You've got an uphill climb ahead of you. Just stay ...        21%
  D:  Confront your family and tell them that they have ...        24%
Total Votes: 1292

Dear Anyone,

I have a pretty universal problem, I think. I really find my in-laws annoying. My father-in-law has these set views, and having a conversation with him is more like listening to a sermon delivered by a monk from the Dark Ages. My mother-in-law is bossy, and likes to offer her unwelcome opinions about how my wife and I can improve our lives--from cleaning the kitchen to upgrading our educational credentials. My blood pressure rises every time I see them, but I'm running out of excuses to avoid them. I've talked to my wife about my feelings, and she understands, but she thinks I should just grin and bear it. My folks have both passed away, so she's never dealt with in-laws and I don't think she has a reference point. What should I do?

Enough of the Fokkers in Queens


Vote for Option A   
A:  Your wife's right. Grin and bear it, because you married into the family, not just your wife.
Vote for Option B   
B:  Press your case with your wife. She's the one in the middle, so it's really her job to make sure that all the important people in her life get along.
Vote for Option C   
C:  Keep making excuses. Preserving your peace of mind is worth a little grumbling from the in-laws.
Vote for Option D   
D:  Confront your in-laws yourself. If you let them walk all over you, they'll never change.

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