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Getting Along With Your Boyfriend's Mom

What's the Secret to Getting Along With Your Partner's Mom?

Jessica Biel recently raved about her great relationship with boyfriend Justin Timeberlake's mother. She said:

"Lynn is the most wonderful woman. I am so in love with her. She's amazing. She's so down-to-earth and her family is great."

Well that's a far cry from the stereotypically-problematic relationship between mother and girlfriend! While not all of us are lucky to be "in love" with our partner's mom, do any of you have tips for simply getting along?

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karjofas86 karjofas86 7 years
Just be sincere and polite, love his son and that will do the trick.. no big deal, now help me find a way that my own parents acept my bf. uuggh!
sergeantkero sergeantkero 7 years
i think you just have to be polite and its going to be messy when you unconsciously insult her because you will hurt you bf's feelings and hers. not a good idea. so you need to be accepting for she is, embrace it. be who you are, no mothers like a fake girl for her baby boy :p you have to be tru to who you are, be supportive and caring to her :] wear her shoes so you understand her better
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
inlove 23 the less she is involved the better mine mil is always griping about the way we do somthing even if it is what is best for us
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
My MIL and I aren't shopping buddies or anything but she is a loving and caring mother and grandmother and we get along great. I also would advise to just be normal and polite. And if you let her know you love her son (just little gestures are enough) most mothers are happy. Of course there are always the overbearing mothers that will hate you because you're not good enough, but that's their problem not yours. If they are that type nothing you do wil ever change their mind.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I hate my boyfriends mom, but I'm in love with him so I just deal with it. I feel like she is incredibly selfish and should be providing more for her son. I can't stand her ways, but I try to be respectful even if she does fuck up his life. sighhh...
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Only date men whose moms aren't bitches, or whose moms have passed away. I've been in three serious relationships, the first two had moms who were just nuts. The third, of course, unfortunately lost his mother a few years back. It's a shame, too, from what he said about her I think I would have loved her. I would love to meet a guy whose mom I got along with. I get along great with my friends' moms, so I honestly don't think I was the problem on those first two. Some women just get this idea in their head that no one is worthy of dating their children.
elizabelle elizabelle 7 years
being respectful and finding common ground are very important, but I think my relationship with my mother-in-law was cemented when she saw how much I love her son and how happy I make him.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
good point lilkimbo, i meant to also say that: men tend to choose partners that are similar to their moms in certain ways so you can't be TOTALLY polar opposite!! well at least i'm very similar to my MIL!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'd say it's the same as getting along with anyone. Be polite and find common ground. Do you both watch American Idol? Do you both like college basketball? It's very rare that you will have absolutely nothing in common with your significant other's mom, so find something that you both enjoy and chat about that.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I guess I'm fortunate that my boyfriend's mother (and the rest of his family) is pretty down to earth. I have my own mother that I manage to get along with.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
SKG that is such a great tip... just go into it being respectful and it will happen how it will
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
my mother in law is all about herself and her kids screw there partners i dont care for mine i doubt i ever will but i sure do fake it to make it and so does she like in the spring im allergic to lilacs she will invite us over them go cut some down and put them in a vase
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i love my boyfriend's mom too i think the secret for us is that we're both awesome and normal and very similar she isn't overbearing and we just respect each other and know our own place in his life
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