Help me Handle my In-laws and our Religious Differences
It's one thing if your mother-in-law doesn't think your house is clean enough. Questioning your faith and the spiritual upbringing of your kids is another. Do you have any advice?
Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.
This week’s Moms Talk question relates to inter-faith marriages and coping with the in-laws.
Basic etiquette rules list religion among those topics to be avoided at dinner parties. But what about at family gatherings? This week’s Moms Talk question comes to us from a regular Moms Talk reader and commenter who needs some advice on a sticky family situation that she is dealing with. She has one set of religious beliefs. Her husband another. Her in-laws yet another. She and her spouse are “good” with the whole religion situation. Her in-laws however, are not. Plus, there are children involved and grandma and grandpa really believe the spiritual upbringing of their grandchildren is sorely lacking. And there-in lies the rub.
So, here’s what we want to know:
What advice do you have for coping with the in-laws and differing religious beliefs?
Our Moms Council members include:
- Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mother of two. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International.
- Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
- Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
- Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
- Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
- Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
- Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
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