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There are so many relationships to navigate, attend to, keep alive, and nurture in this life. Between your friends, your spouse, your children, your coworkers, and your family, your plate can feel pretty full with managing plenty of personality types and their various needs. So when you do get married, and realize that you’ve just taken on an entire new family, the change can come as a bit of a shock. You suddenly have all of these people in your life who, by law, are your family. As such, you want to know them and feel close to them. You sort of feel a need to do that fast because you are married to their blood, after all. This can all be overwhelming, and lead some people to just not put forth a huge effort with their in-laws. But you’ll be really happy to have that relationship, if you put in the work. Here is why you should be friends with your in-laws.

You need them on your side for his health

At some point, your partner may need a medical procedure that he won’t want to get. You’ll need his parents on your side, encouraging him to make the frightening but important step of undergoing that procedure.

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