In-laws moving close by

Discussion in 'Family and Parenting' started by Jewels3141, Jan 27, 2017.


Does it cause marital problems to live close to in-laws

  1. yes

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  2. no

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  1. Hi all,

    I am rather concerned for some of the changes in our family living situation at this time. For the first five years of our marriage, my husband's parents have lived 8 hours away, but we have seen them regularly 6-7 times a year, usually for a week or more at a time.

    However, since the birth of our daughter, they have been looking to move closer to us, or to have a second property near us. I am not opposed to this, as I realize the demands of age and other normal life events make this a necessity. However, some of the properties they are looking at have been only 2 streets away, and some have been along the same route that I walk every day. This seems to be too intrusive to me, and I am having a really hard time dealing with the potential effects of them living so close. The level of anxiety I have over it is also causing more friction between my husband and I, because he is frustrated with how much I think and worry about this issue.

    I don’t know how to handle this, and I feel as though I am losing all freedom and control over my own life. To have them not just nearby, but neighbors, seems to me to be much too close to be healthy, and a potentially really bad situation. Do you think I am overreacting?

    They have few friends here, and already seem to me to have somewhat of an obsession with our daughter. I am concerned that if they live that close to us, that they will be present constantly, with little to no respect for boundaries, with my husband traveling and out of town often and me left to deal with them nearly every day. His mother is also extremely overbearing, and when you try to talk to her about these things, she has heart palpitations and health issues that typically make it too hard to even have the conversation. On top of that, she has a PhD in early childhood eduction, and is always ready to provide unsolicited advice on how to handle, raise, and educate our daughter.

    I am concerned about several things. 1.) I do want to do the right thing, and if it is having them live 3 minutes away, then I will respect that that is the case. However, it is really hard for me to understand why 10-15 minutes, which would allow for (I think), quite a bit more privacy and less possibility for intrusion is not a reasonable request on my part. If it’s not, please tell me. 2.) I’m concerned about my marriage having quite a bit more friction if my mother-in-law is living 3 minutes away…there is already more friction just talking about the possibility of her living 3 minutes away, so this seems to me to be a threat to my marriage. Is this an overreaction? Or is it naive of my husband (being an only child, and not the spouse threatened with in-laws living 3 minutes away) to think that it will go smoothly if they do move that close?

    I would love the advice/perspectives of other Christians on this issue.

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  3. Jewels3141

    To be truthful no one can really give you a Yes or No to your question and be correct.

    First thing you really should be seeking the Lord for this answer and not People.

    Second is that it All Depends on You and Your Husband !!

    Who will you choose to obey?
    God and His ways or what seems right in your eyes or others?

    In my experience the best choice is God's ways and Actually walking according to them.

    At times it may feel awkward or scary from fear of confrontation But if you will walk in Love and Forgiveness and Make perfectly clear to the in laws how things will be done. In time all will be well.

    Make God and His ways First choice and Last choice and Live accordingly.

    Don't allow fear of this situation get into your thinking........if you do then you will make poor choices driven from fear.

    This can and should be a good situation for you, if you make it so.
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  4. First of all...welcome! We are so glad to have you apart of our family!

    I have to say i fully agree with fcj. And the biggest and most important thing for you to do is stop the fear. Fear is the biggest enemy that you have at present. Walking in fear will only cause you to make decisions that will be unproductive and hurtful to all parties concerned.

    If you can walk in love and according to God's will trusting Him that a good and positive relationship will be created with appropriate will be so. God is very trustworthy! And as you submit to His will, putting all fear will be enabling Him to intervene in your situation in your favor. Something that will bring peace to all.

    Blessings to you. You and your family will be in our prayers :)
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  5. I would also agree with other responses as well. I think it is important to first seek guidance from God.

    However, I will add to what Cturtle mention on fear if fear of something is present then it is the act of the devil manipulating your mind into the thinking the worst to prevent God's absolute best. One thing I have learned is that if God moves us somewhere or moves someone your way then it is for a reason, His reason. Possibly, God my need to use you in their lives or vice Versa. God can see all things that we can not see and knows the future. Therefore, He shifts things around in our lives for His purpose and for our blessings.

    My advice... Pray, Pray, Read the Word, and Pray! Sometimes, I even go on a fast to help me gain guidance and understanding!

    I will be praying for you as well. :)
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  6. I think that you need to set some sensible boundaries early on. Agree them with you husband .So for example, they dont just come round without asking you, they need to make sure its convenient and agree a time and day. There is nothing wrong with wise boundaries, remember the bible says that we must leave our father and mother and join to our spouse. You must always put your spouse and children first. You say that it will be their second home, so does that mean they will only live there some of the time?

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