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14 Awesome Ways to Bond With Your Mother-in-Law

posted: 06/08/16
by: Ashley Vazquez
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    Take Her Out to Lunch

    Mothers-in-law are often stereotyped in movies as overprotective, manipulative, and downright mean (ever seen "Monster in Law"?). But the reality is that most mothers-in-law want the best for their child and you. If you're looking for easy ways to get to know your future mother-in-law, or connect with your mother-in-law of 20 years, try these creative ideas.

    Inviting your mother-in-law out to lunch shows that you're interested in getting to know her. Try a place neither of you have been to, or a restaurant that's all about the experience, like fondue, or a themed restaurant.

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    Have her Teach You How to Make Your Hubby's Favorite Meal

    Everyone has a favorite meal growing up, and with her help, you can learn to make your partner's preferred dish just like his mom made it. She might even share her secret recipe!

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    Try a Dance Class

    Dancing together will put you both in a great mood and get out of your comfort zones. And it doesn't matter if you're rhythmically challenged -- that will make it more fun!

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    Take a Cooking Class

    Learn to make a delicious new meal or some tasty desserts together.

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    Take an Art Class

    Taking a ceramics, painting, or even glass-making class together will not only be fun, but you'll also have a masterpiece to take home afterward.

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    Horseback Riding

    Feeling adventurous? Try something you've always wanted to do, whether it's horseback riding, surfing, or stand up paddle boarding. An adventure-filled day will help you create some great memories with your mother-in-law.

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    Ask for Her Advice

    When you have questions about starting a family, redecorating your home, or anything else that's up her alley, ask her to shed some wisdom. Chances are, she's been there before and has some great tips. You'll also show her that you value her opinion, which will make her feel special.

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    Go Shopping

    It's the ultimate girl's day -- shopping with your mother-in-law -- and it will make you instantly feel like old friends. If you're feeling bold, pick out outfits for each other with one condition: you both have to wear them the next day.

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    Get Pampered

    Go get massages, facials, mani-pedis, or take a trip to the hair salon.

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    Have a Movie Day

    You could check out that chick flick you've both been dying to watch, or you could stay home and watch your favorite movies together. A person's favorite movie reveals a lot about their personality!

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    Go to a Wine Tasting

    You're guaranteed to learn a lot about each other when wine is involved.

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    Try a Fitness Class together

    Can you not live without yoga? Does your mother-in-law swear by Zumba? Try a new class together to get your energy pumping while you have some some serious fun.

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    Join a Book Club

    They say a family that reads together, stays together. This one's also guaranteed to leave you with lots to talk about whenever you see each other.

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    Train for a Run Together

    Have you always wanted to run a marathon? Or is a short color or zombie-themed fun run more your style? If your mother-in-law is athletic, it's a great way to bond. Whatever the case, setting a goal with your mother-in-law and working together to reach it will bring you closer than ever. You'll have a great time and feel extremely accomplished at the end!