The holiday always occurs on the fourth Sunday in October. Although there isn’t much information about the origins of Mother-in-Law day, it seems to have started up around 2002.
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Families have many wonderful attributes. One of our favorites is the fact that a family can grow at any time. New people can be added to your biological or extended family throughout your life. The largest and fastest growth spurts often come from the addition of a stepparent.
Family life can be a little difficult when a stepmother or stepfather gets involved. Children may resent the “new” person, and feel they are trying to replace a birth parent. Adults might have a completely different parenting style than what the family is used to, which can lead to misunderstandings and conflict.
Some experts suggest that it takes a minimum of four years for most stepparents to develop positive relationships with their stepchildren. There are no easy solutions that work for everyone.
It’s not always easy to deal with an extended family, and mother-in-laws tend to get a bad reputation. Although it may seem like it should be natural to automatically like and appreciate the mother of your spouse, that’s not always the case. So what do you do when you have problems with your mother-in-law?