Q&A: I feel guilty for not having patience with my in-laws. Can you help?

Q: Gary, my husband’s parents live close to us…too close in my opinion. They are involved with my family almost every day. I feel guilty for not having more patience! Can you help?

A: The Scriptures say we are to leave our parents and cleave to our spouse. The two of you might want to work through a little book I wrote called In-Law Relationships. It deals with how to be friends with your in-laws. That involves having conversations with them, understanding their history and background, as well as making specific requests of them, such as, “If you’re going to come over, call before you come because we might be in a situation that it won’t be convenient.” So, I think if we’re open and learn how to talk, we can have good relationships with our in-laws.