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How to Survive an Encounter with Your Monster in Laws (giveaway)

A&E has a new reality show that focuses on in-law relationships. Monster in Laws airs Monday's at 10 pm ET, and features real married couples whose relationship is struggling because of their relationship with their in-laws.

I'm sure many of you can relate. Whether it's an in-law giving their unsolicited advice, or one spouse feeling caught in the middle, in each case everyone is left feeling angry or resentful.

Monster in Laws
highlights some unconventional methods that are used to get both sides to communicate. It's not always the elder in-laws fault either. Sure, you migh relate to duct-taping a mother-in-law's mouth closed just so she'll listen. But how about forcing a daughter-in-law to take her jewelry to the pawn shop so that she can finally repay her mother-in-law?


Relationships are difficult and require open communication and, most importantly, honesty, to work well. Everyone will relate to something in Monster in Laws, so everyone deserves a shot at winning this in law survival kit!

The In-Law Survival Kit includes:

$50 Body Shop Gift Card

Spa Wisdom™ Japan Yuzu & Green Tea Bathing Salts

Total Body Massager

Here's how to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me a funny or crazy in-law story. Feel free to post anonymously and note that your email is not visible.

2. Extra entry - share this giveaway on your blog, twitter, or public Facebook page and leave another comment with the URL of your post

Contest is open to US residents 18 years and over, and ends November 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm. I will choose a winner via but the prize is provided by Lifetime / A&E.  I will notify winner via email and give 48 hours to claim with a response.

Be sure to watch Monster in Laws on A&E Monday nights (10 Eastern /9 Central) and follow the chatter on Twitter with #monsterinlaws.

Disclosure: I have a wonderful relationship with my OWN Mother-in-Law who occassionally reads this blog along with her other relatives. We are one, big, happy, loving family with no issues whatsoever. That said, even I can enjoy this's THAT good. The giveaway prize is provided at no cost by Lifetime / A&E. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.

Reader Comments (48)

Me and my boyfriend were dating a year before I had met his mother in person . I had talked to her over skype and she was lovely. Last Christmas break, we went to his family's cabin and I met her . She was nothing like I could imagine. She did EVERYTHING possible to keep me and boyfriend apart and when we could be together it had to be scheduled, to be approved by her. I spent the break in the kitchen cooking or cleaning snow from the windows. I just couldn't believe she disliked me so much ! It was an intense break and I pledged never to spend so much time with her again!

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYvette


November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYvette

I don't have any bad experiences with my MIL but that could be because she lives in Europe and neither of us can talk to each other. The first time I met her, she kept repeating my name (fondly) while petting my face. I was glad that she liked me but it was a bit odd.

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November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMindy


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November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoncler factory outlet

We walked into a restaurant for lunch and because the hostess didn't know the special of the day (she went to ask) we had to leave because mother-in-law "was not impressed".

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeanna


November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeanna

My mother in law tried to roast my parakeet for dinner.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesse White

I met my husbands father but never his mother. At first i thought his dad was mean and didnt like anyone .he turned out to be ok .it isnt him that is cruel and evil.It is his sisters oh my god evil ,backstabbing and i could go on but this about in laws. Husbands father has helped us and a nice person

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchelesa sims

I had the BEST Mother-in-law in the world, & she set a great example! So now that I am a Mother-in-law, I try to follow her lead.... to no avail! Seems like no matter WHAT I do, I cannot please my Dtr-in-law!!! Have to bribe her to get pics sent of my Grandkids, etc. Behind our back she calls us every name in the book, but then pushes our Son to call us for $$, etc. She won't even let us stay @ their house or cook when we visit, we have to get a hotel room & end up either going to the store & helping our Son cook or taking everyone out to eat! (Oh - & did I mention that we pd for almost the entire wedding &./ reception?!?!?!) Oh well, I keep her in my prayers ((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Thanks for the chance... Holidays coming up, this would be GREAT!

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter1955nurse

I shared this on Facebook!!! (HollyCunningham) Thanks for the chance! (And I sure could use this - I'd share it, I need all the help I can get!!!) Love the Body shop!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) ;-)

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter1955nurse

When I first got with my husband, it took ALOT to get along with his mother. I could not stand her for anything. There was one time she was standing outside talking hard core smack about my parents. We got into it big time and we almost ending up fighting. Since then, things have gotten alot better and I can actually stand to be around her!

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Clay

I have 6 kids and I try to keep up on the houswork but my house is not always the neatest and my mother in law always seems to come right when it is at its worst. She never says anything but rather does things for instance one day she brought over a few cleaning rags and some pledge and made the comment you must be out so I thought I would pick you up some. I wasn't out but obviously it was a hint that I needed to dust.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlenna

We just went on a family vacation with my in-laws. Well, my mother-in-law has issues with trying to control everyone (big shock, right?). She and I were sitting in the 3rd row of their Expedition - with 4 adults sitting in the front and second seats. Even though we are all capable adults, she felt the need to call out directions and driving suggestions from the VERY back of the car! After a while, I'd had enough and told her that they'd figure it out - even if it wasn't the route she would have used. My words didn't sway her in her suggesting, so I COVERED HER MOUTH with my HAND!!! I think she was just as shocked as I was that I did it! But it made my point. We both laughed and I hope that it really impacted her for the long run (even if it's only when I'm around her).

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiant Sis

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November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiant Sis

my mother-in-law hates, hates, hates black. Well, I didn't know this and the first day she met me, I was wearing ALL black:) Oops...she looked me up and down w/ (what I thought was) initial disapproval:) Hopefully, were in together now:)

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina!/wowtotweet/status/140193884985765888 tweet link. annejk112233(at)yahoo(Dot)com

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Only close to crazy thing is my mother in law decided to get a divorce instead of coming to our wedding snd hasn't ever seen her grandchildren... It's sad..

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLesli

I did things backwards....I got married, had a baby and then met my in-laws. They lived in another state though.

When we went down there so we could all meet, my husband did introduced us and I told my mother in law it was so nice to meet her.....and I called her by her first name! Gasp.

She didn't like me from that moment on. Seriously? I am married to your son, mother to your grandson and you get your undies in a wad because I don't call you Mrs. X?


November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy T


November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy T

Threatned to never speak to me again because I borrowed her address books to write out my wedding thank yous

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Funny yet sad thing about my mom in law is we all know as this unspoken rule that calling her from about 5:30pm on that it is "wine:30" time and the conversation may go into unwanted directions! erinnsluka@gmail

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErinn S

Tweet:!/3sonshavei/status/140286227130757120 erinnsluka@gmail

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErinn S

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