Yesterday was Father’s Day. In honor of the day, the husband, the daughter and I went out to dinner with my parents and my Father-in-law. I then posted a picture of my daughter with her two grandfathers on Facebook, much to the dismay of my divorced mother in-law. Evenings such as this are always thought provoking, and now, blog worthy. So in the spirit of my recent lists,you will be relieved to know, I now have the honor of adding- how to be a good parent-in-law.
In no particular order:
- When your grandchild is born, suggest that you should co-parent, because you know exactly how things should be done
- Do continue to buy your child underwear. Everyone wants Mom to purchase their boxers, briefs and thongs
- Ask them how much money they make and how much their mortgage is. Pout when they say it’s none of your business.
- If your child marries someone that is a different religion, make sure you supply them with all the cultural doo-dads your religion uses. I’m sure your son/daughter in-law wants to learn Yiddish.
- Rearrange the things in their home. They love to see you reorganizing their bathroom cabinets.
- If your child and their spouse are going through a rough patch, make sure to ask for a house key, because you will be moving in when the offending spouse moves out.
- If you are divorced from your child’s other parent, get mad every time your child sees your ex. Nothing spells family harmony like Facebook comments.
- Talk about all your child’s exes, and how great they were. This should be accompanied by sighs.
- When dining at the home of your son/daughter in-law, make appreciative comments like, “Oh. This is an interesting way to make steak.”
- Give your opinion on literally everything. Back it up with “But you don’t need to listen to me. What do I know?”
Families are a wonderful thing. Cherish these moments. It can only make you closer. Alas, I don’t think I will have the pleasure of becoming a mother in-law. For some reason, my daughter doesn’t want
in-laws to be married.