It may have been all smiles at your wedding, but now that you are a full-fledged member of your partner's family, you may be seeing a shift in your relationship with your in-laws. The days of keeping their opinions to themselves are over, and they have no problem letting you know exactly how they really feel about you and how you are doing things in your home. If you think you may have a monster-in-law on your hands, you should be looking for some of the signs your in-laws are toxic before it's too late.
Constant criticism, lack of respect for your parenting rules, and unrealistic expectations are just a few of the ways in-laws can have a negative impact on your marriage. And although you may not be able to change your in-laws' toxic behavior, you can do your best to make sure their behavior doesn't get the best of you. Refusing to take criticism personally and setting limits on visits can help you keep the peace, according to Woman's Day.
Toxic in-laws can be more than just annoying. Issues with in-laws can spell trouble for your relationship with your partner, if things get out of control. As Psychology Today advised, it is best for you and your partner to present a united front. Even if you don't agree on everything, you should make a conscious decision to support one another as you work to find a way to find the best way to get along — at least on Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.