- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 21, 1999

More info:
m “The Ties That Bind … and Bind … and Bind: A Survival Guide to In-Law Relationships,” by Sylvia Bigelsen, Element Press, 1999. Mrs. Bigelsen, a New Jersey psychotherapist, wrote this amusing and informative book to help couples survive difficult in-law relationships while keeping their marriage intact.
“Don’t Call Me Mom: How to Improve Your In-Law Relationships,” by Leah Shifrin Averick, Lifetime Books, 1996. This book offers advice for couples on both sides of the generational divide on topics from creating good first impressions to dealing with ex-in-laws after a divorce.
“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dealing with In-Laws,” by Laurie E. Rozakis, Alpha Books, 1998. Formated in the popular “Complete Idiot” series’ short, easy-to-use style, this book offers humorous anecdotes, in-law horror stories and practical advice.
“Six in the Bed: Dealing With Parents, In-Laws and Their Impact on Your Marriage,” by Nancy Wasserman Cocola, Perigee, 1997. The author offers advice from her perspective as a psychotherapist.
“How to Be the Perfect Mother-in-Law,” by Camille Russo, Andrews and McMeel, 1997. This New York psychotherapist wrote this book after treating so many wounded mothers-in-law who could not figure out what they were doing wrong. It’s filled with useful advice and illustrative anecdotes.
“The In-Law Survival Manual: A Guide to Cultivating Healthy In-Law Relationships,” by Gloria Call Horsley, Wiley Press, 1997. A San Francisco therapist, Mrs. Horsely offers advice for a variety of situations, including how to survive the wedding planning and how to decide where to spend the holidays.
“In-Laws: Getting Along With Your Other Family,” by Ron and Jorie Kincaid, Intervarsity Press, 1996. This book takes a Christian-based look at working out relationships with in-laws.
“The Other Mother,” Yvette Strauss, Impact Publishers, 1996. This book offers advice to help women be better both as daughters-in-law and as mothers-in-law because, as Mrs. Strauss cautions, eventually most will take on both roles.

On line
Anyone with an in-law horror tale can share it on the Internet (www.motherinlawstories.com). Sponsored by BA Squared Inc., the site offers jokes, stories and even in-law merchandise. A mother-in-law chat room is in the works.
The WholeFamily Center Inc. provides a resource site (www.wholefamily.com) with an on-line newsletter; access to marriage counselors, chat rooms and bulletin boards; and polls and surveys. It has an area dedicated to in-law issues.
IVillage not only has a site (www.ivillage.com/relationships/ boards) dedicated to relationships, but it also has a live chat dedicated to in-law issues every Thursday at 9 p.m.
The Families Unite Network sponsors a Marriage Survival Guide with a site (www.fungraphics.com/inlaw.html) dedicated to in-law problems. The site offers audience advice columns where readers can post questions and get wide-ranging answers.

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