The 6 most toxic in-laws—and how to handle them

Mothers-in-laws may get the bad rap, but many DILs, SILs and other mothers- and fathers-in-law can be no barrel of laughs either.

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MILs, DILs, SILs—if the word “in-law” is in the name, the relationship is bound to be tricky. DILs complain about their MILs; MILs complain about their SILs. And one set of in-laws complains about the other set of in-laws.

And unlike dealing with a friend who’s toxic, you can’t exactly say, “See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya!” (Well, you can but not without paying a hefty price.)

Jennifer Freed, Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist in southern California, says that most problems arise from an in-law who doesn’t exude maturity. That means that you have to be the adult—with a lot of understanding and a great sense of humor. Easy? No!  But you can do it.





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