So we’ve talked about how to utilize his friends for extra “insurance” in Marriage Insurance: His Friends, naturally it’s time to latch on to the family. It’s easiest to start this when you first start getting serious, but better late than never.
In my experience, it is best to not only support your husband’s relationship with his family, but also mirror it.
Rule #1: Always be friends with his mom.
This is easy for me to say because I’ve always lucked out on the mom front. Young, friendly, somewhat overbearingly involved types. Basically the perfect candidate. They will definitely want to exchange numbers and establish a relationship with you because they care about who their son is fucking, I mean, in love with. I suggest sending pictures of your man to his mom every so often. She will love seeing him as much as you do. Honestly, I have 30 minute phone conversations with his mom nearly 5 times a week. She is the only person on this planet who cares to talk about him as in depth as I do. His mom will be your best resource and if you’re on her side, she will most likely hate him if he ever dares to screw up your relationship.
Rule #2: Ask his Dad for advice
Dads LOVED feeling important, useful, and handy. If something is wrong in your house or on your car or something you solely make up, call him up and ask for help in fixing it. My father-in-law was ecstatic when I came to HIM out of all people ask what to do with our window AC units when winter began to come around. People appreciate it when you think of them. Especially when you think of them as the best source for a problem. If your father-in-law isn’t exactly the best handyman, ask him about business or how to handle a work problem.
BONUS:Both Mom and Dad love to hear that you’re successful (aka their son didn’t marry a lazy slob) and that you’re taking care of their precious child. Tell them you love their son and thank them for a job well done in raising a person.
Rule #3: Joke around with his siblings
Mostly likely, your husband and his sibling(s) have spent their entire lives making fun of one another. Send them texts and pictures and just be their friend. My husband begged me to watch Star Wars, a movie he and his family love, and then while we were watching, HE FELL ASLEEP! I took a picture and sent it to his brother saying “He fell asleep during Star Wars!” and his brother responded “UNACCEPTABLE!” Small things like that can go a long way and take you from a sister-in-law to a sister.
If you follow these rules, you WILL have his entire family ready to get rid of HIM if anything ever goes wrong. We don’t want to think anything will ever go wrong, but that’s the whole point of insurance, right? If his family thinks you’re a Badass Wifey, they are going to make sure he knows it.
I mean, you’re welcome.