This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Trouble With the In-Laws

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Q: My wife and I have a great relationship. After four years of marriage, I feel really supported by her and never doubt her loyalty.

However, I can't say the same about my mother-in-law. She's never felt that I'm good enough. She constantly picks fights with us for no reason. We've tried to say things on occasion, but it has not changed anything. How can I make this issue disappear?

A: You can pick your wife, my friend, but you can't pick your mother-in-law.

That being said, as a grown man four years into a successful marriage, you shouldn't have to prove anything to anyone. The truth is as long as your wife thinks you're "good enough," that's all that really matters!

Seeing your mother-in-law for dinner once a week and listening to a few obnoxious comments is one thing. However, it sounds as if she is much more involved in your everyday life. In this case, simply ignoring her spiteful comments will not suffice.

I think this requires a serious sit-down with your wife. Her mother is alienating you and she needs to hear this very plainly. It's essential to stop hinting around the topic. That's not going to get your desired results.

I'd advise you to be very specific with what you need from your wife as well. Encourage her to take the lead and to stand up for you, by standing up to her mother. It's a matter of respect, and she needs to tell her mom that acting abusively towards you is unacceptable to her.

Your mother-in-law also needs to understand that ultimately if her bad behavior continues, there will be consequences in how you choose to include her in your lives.

At the end of the day your persistence in being a supportive and caring husband is most important. You know what type of man you are and so does your wife! Please keep me updated on your progress.

All questions and comments can be sent to ASK NOAH at nskass@gmail.com

Have a profitable and peaceful week,

Noah

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Noah Kass is a psychotherapist specializing in addiction, relationship issues and work stressors. He has been Clinical Director at The Dunes: East Hampton and Realization Center in Union Square. Mr. Kass was a frequent guest on MSNBC's "The Dylan Ratigan Show," featured in a segment called "Kass' Couch" and regularly blogs for The Huffington Post.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $132.65 0.00%
FB $81.91 0.00%
GOOG $555.37 0.00%
TSLA $231.55 0.00%
YHOO $44.36 0.00%

Markets

DOW 18,037.97 -42.17 -0.23%
S&P 500 2,108.92 -8.77 -0.41%
NASDAQ 5,060.2460 -31.8390 -0.63%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs