The stereotype in most societies is that mother-in-law is just a codename for monster-in-law. One widely popular belief is that if a woman isn’t going for her mom-in-law’s throat, then something isn’t right in that family. Well, we’re here to shatter all stereotypes when we tell you, there are cool mother-in-laws out there. For those of you who have cool MILs, you’ll get what this article talks about. Here are 7 things that let you know you have a cool mom-in-law.>
You have an ally for all the battles against your hubby. Sometimes, even against your own mum. She almost always takes your side and she’s sure to make you win any argument. After all, who is going to fight against their mum AND their wife. Everyone knows that’s a recipe for disaster, unless you have a death wish. As for your mum, she’ll probably give up before the argument even starts, because if mom-in-law is on your side, she knows you aren’t going to listen to her. So why bother?>
2. Shopping Buddy
Going shopping with her is like having a cheat sheet to the best fashion. You don’t know how she does it, but your mother-in-law is a fashion guru and shopping with her is always a blast. She knows all the best places to go, where all the best deals are, and what’s going to look the best on you. And you’ve found out that she’s always right.>
3. Bitching Buddy
When you’re with her, you know you can complain about anything. You can lay down all your problems in front of her and she’ll patiently listen and give you some awesome advice (even if you’re complaining about her son). If you’ve had a bad day at work, or you’ve just fought with a friend, or you’re just in a bad mood, you know you can call her up or visit her and she’ll solve your problems with a nice cup of a chai and a long bitching session.
She’s the best teacher you’re ever going to have. She’s taught you how to cook some of her best dishes (some secret recipes), which have helped you win the favour of hubby dearest. She’s also taught you the right way to go about your marriage. Along with your own mum, watching the way your mum-in-law navigates through her marriage has helped you learn how to deal with many problems and be a great wife and mum.
5. Family Time
You’ve never faced that dread that’s attached to your husband’s declaration of “We’ve got to go meet my parents.”. So you can’t relate to some of your girlfriends when they whine about having to go to their in-laws place over the weekend, or their in-laws coming over. In fact, you always look forward to visiting her and you never avoid her phone calls.
6. Support System
Your mother-in-law is like a second mother to you. You never thought you’d have another figure like your mum in your life until your husband’s mum came along. She’s always a shoulder to cry on and a guiding light. She knows when you need cheering up and she isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re wrong. She just wants to help make you the best person that you can be. You are something that she and your own mum bond over and are proud of together.
7. Ditch the Mr.
You’re always happy to plan a girls day out with her (and maybe even add your mum to this plan). Saying bye-bye to husband ji and spending the whole day doing girl-stuff is not a problem at all. In fact, it’s like a nice little break for the day. A rejuvenation session of sorts. It’s just what you need after a hectic week of work and husbands and babies. It’s like a pampering session for the both of you (or the three of you), which turns into a bonding session.
All of this is not to say that you don’t have your fair share of fights. Like they say, even best friends fight. So, it’s only expected that there will be quite a few things that you and mum-in-law disagree on (the stereotypes didn’t come out of nowhere). But you know that you’ll always get past any disagreement and don’t let it affect the relationship that you do share. Having a cool mother-in-law is one of the best things you can hope for in life. She’s a blessing and we hope you’re all lucky enough to be blessed with this.