Article About Living With Mother-in-law

February 2, 2009, 6:33 pm     2 Comments »

Jenna D. Barry was quoted in the following article by Joanne Richard. It was featured in The Ottawa Sun, The Sault Star, The Sudbury Star, The Winnepeg Sun,, The Expositor, and The Niagra Falls Review.

February 28, 2009

Too Close For Comfort
Family: How to avoid the stress when the mother-in-law moves in
by Joanne Richard

Too close for comfort? We’ll soon see.

Barack Obama’s mother-in-law has set up house in the White House with the first family. Marian Robinson, 71, is on board to help her grandchildren, Malia and Sasha, get settled in and provide support during the transition at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

While extended families moving in can be a great solution for busy couples seeking work/life balance, the domestic arrangement can be fraught conflict, criticism and power struggles.

Some relish the intergenerational cosiness and the strength in numbers; for others, distance makes the heart grow fonder.

Living with your in-laws isn’t a great idea, “however, some people do find ways to make it work,” says Jenna D. Barry, author of A Wife’s Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband’s Loyalty Without Killing His Parents (
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You may be quick to blame your in-laws for your marriage problems, but in reality the biggest part of the problem isn't your in-laws, it's your husband's loyalty to them.  When a man marries, he is supposed to transfer his loyalty from his parents to his wife. His behavior plays a key role in how well you get along with his parents.  The goal of this book is to help you gain your husband's loyalty.

If you are in need of hope and encouragement, this book is for you!  Jenna Barry offers hilarious, heartfelt advice about how to have a terrific marriage in spite of difficult in-laws.  As a wife who has personally experienced the despair that comes from having an unsupportive partner, she suggests specific things to say and do to gain your husband's loyalty.  This book won't teach you how to become best friends with your in-laws, but it will teach you how to think and behave in a new way so they no longer have any power over you.  A Wife's Guide to In-laws has over 40 cartoons, two fun chapters written just for your hubby, and worksheets to help the two of you reach loving compromises about common problem issues.

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About Jenna

As a wife of 22 years, Jenna D. Barry (a pen name) has learned how to gain her husband's loyalty through communication, persistence, and a whole lot of love.  She has familiarized herself with the needs and frustrations of other wives by participating in on-line in-law support groups and by talking to marriage therapists, friends, family, and co-workers.


Jenna is the author of the book, A Wife's Guide to In-laws:  How to Gain Your Husband's Loyalty Without Killing His Parents. She has been a radio guest on The Mike Bullard Show and her articles have been published in newspapers, websites, and magazines worldwide.  She writes monthly articles for Hitched Magazine and has been quoted in The Washington Times,, The London Free Press,, etc. She leads a support group for daughters-in-law right here.



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