Once you’re married, you’ll be part of your spouse’s family now, too. Your in-laws are no longer Tito and Tita, but Mom and Dad. So, wouldn’t it be great to develop a close bond with them? Having a good relationship with your in-laws is very important because you’ll be spending many milestones, holidays, birthdays, and weekends together. Your partner will surely love it if you get-along with some of the most important people in their life, right? While close bonds take time to develop, there are fun and simple ways to help you get started. We have some ideas for you to try out! Read on.
Offer to Host Lunch or Dinner at Your Place
This could be a new tradition which you can hold once a month, every other week, or whenever you prefer. Your in-laws would definitely appreciate the fact that you are welcoming them in your new home. This also gives a sense that you want them to be part of your life as husband and wife. Dining together as a family is always a great way to bond and it opens up the opportunity for fun and meaningful conversations.
If your mother-in-law, in particular, loves to cook or bake, you can ask for her advice to help you out with new recipes. If she’s willing, maybe you could even ask her to teach you some of her favorite recipes. The kitchen is another great place to bond, because you can get to know so much about each other through the kinds of food you whip up. Who knows? Your mother-in-law might even gift you with an heirloom recipe!
Try to Participate in Their Hobbies
Ask your partner about your in-laws’ hobbies and interests, and see if you can find some common ground. If they love reading novels, maybe you could buy them the latest release from their favorite author or you could talk about the titles you’ve read. If they love gardening, then this is a great opportunity to bond as plantitas and plantitos! If you aren’t familiar with their hobbies yet, then this could be your chance to learn new things.
Join Their Family Bonding Activities
If your spouse’s family is the type to have traditions such as Sunday lunches, game nights, or annual trips, then join in on the fun! Being part of the family also means participating in the activities they enjoy doing together. Wouldn’t it be fun to discover family traditions that are new to you?
Have One-on-One Conversation Time
Try to find time to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your mother-in-law and father-in-law one-on-one. It doesn’t have to be the whole day, but maybe an afternoon over a cup of coffee. This is your chance to ask more about your partner’s childhood, stories they might not have told you yet, and maybe ask for some marriage or parenting advice. Making an effort to just talk to them is already so special!
Plan a Movie or Game Night
Bring out the board games and have a little friendly competition! Playing games as a family will always be such a fun time, because you get to bond and unwind together. If there’s a new movie streaming, you could even offer to watch it together at your place complete with snacks. Movies are also a great topic of conversation! So, you’ll definitely have something to talk about afterwards.
Have a Get-Together with Both Families
Your families will meet before and during the wedding, but don’t stop there! Why not have regular gatherings with both of your families? Wouldn’t it be great for your parents to bond with your in-laws, too? They could also get to know more about how amazing you are through your parents! Bringing together your family and your new family is so special because the love you share and receive will only multiply!