Why Your Relationship With Your In-Laws Feels Strained After You Have Kids

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It’s often said that a baby brings families together. While true, we often don’t discuss how the birth of a child can also drive a wedge between new parents and their in-laws. If it feels as though your relationship with your partner’s parents has shifted in some ways since welcoming a child, you’re not imagining things. Here’s why in-law relationships become particularly strained following the birth of a child.

They give unsolicited parenting advice

More often than not, the birth of a new child opens the floodgates of unsolicited advice from everyone — including your partner’s folks. They’ve been there, done that, and now they’re ready to write a book about it. The constant flow of advice you didn’t ask for can get quite annoying and thus cause a small rift between you and the in-laws.

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