June 24, 2022
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5 tips for getting along with your spouse’s siblings
Marriage is usually a package deal… I mean, yes, your greatest priority is your commitment and love for your spouse. But sometimes a spouse comes with extras… like their family. At times, those relationships bring added joy and challenges, especially when it comes to your spouse’s siblings.
So how do you foster a good relationship and get along with your spouse’s siblings?
Of course, a lot depends on the context. How well does your spouse get along with their siblings? What’s their stage of life and personality? How does your spouse’s family function overall? These factors often affect what getting along with your spouse’s siblings looks like.
💛 But if you keep the following tips in mind, you’re more likely to have good sibling-in-law relationships.
1. Have Realistic Expectations
2. Look for Opportunities to Support
3. Invite Them to Be a Part of Your World With Your Spouse
4. Avoid Turning Down Invitations to Be in Their World
5. Keep Your Marriage First
Fostering good relationships with your in-laws is a win for your marriage.
enhance your listening skills with these tips
Whether you’re listening to your child, a co-worker, your spouse or you want others to listen to you, something powerful happens when people feel like someone is not only listening, but hearing them.
Most people believe they are good listeners, but when you get right down to it, we live in a society full of noise, and most of us have a hard time slowing down enough to listen well. In fact, many are so used to the chatter they literally have a hard time focusing when it’s quiet.
One thing is for sure: You cannot seek to listen well and also be doing something else.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Kris Nash, wife to her husband of 26 years, Greg, #GirlMom of 3, and the Editor here at First Things First. Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
🚙 Road trips are great for playing games or increasing connectedness with a few conversation starters! Our family prints U.S. maps to color in as we see each state’s license plate. We even play “My Cows” or “Punch Buggy” (We called it Doodlebug as a kid!) on shorter drives. Maybe some of these road trip games can ease the pain of those gas prices we’re all feeling – or at least stir up some fun along the way!
😋 Speaking of road trips, these 14 Healthy Road Trip Snacks and 27 Must-Have Road Trip Essentials to Pack in 2022 can help you out. Whether you’re driving around town or taking that much-needed getaway, having portable snacks/treats and drinks (and a few other things) on hand can help you bypass the drive-thru or keep you from getting hangry if you get stuck in traffic.
👨🍳 I love to eat good food, and one of my favorite chefs is Max LaManna. His videos are down-to-earth and I think they’re so fun to watch! You and your spouse can find some great plant-based, low-waste, and delicious recipes to cook together or for each other on his YouTube channel or on Insta.
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