In-laws Article: Make Spouse Priority

April 16, 2009, 8:02 am     1 Comment »

The following article is exclusive to Hitched Magazine.

Difficult Choices:  Making Your Spouse a Priority Over Your Parents
by Jenna D. Barry

You have probably heard the phrase “leave and cleave.”  Most of us agree that the cleaving part is pretty fun, but the process of leaving often presents a challenge.  Becoming truly independent from our parents is one of the best gifts we can give our spouse.  That doesn’t mean we should cut off contact with our parents or start being hateful toward them.  It just means that pleasing our spouse should take priority over pleasing our parents. (Read the rest.)

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How To Be A Great Mother-in-Law

April 13, 2009, 4:20 pm     3 Comments »

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5 Ways To Be A Great Mother-in-Law
by Jenna D. Barry

How do you like being a mother-in-law? Is it everything you dreamed it would be? Does your son call and visit as often as you would like? Does your daughter-in-law meet all of your expectations? Are you as involved with your grandchildren’s lives as you would like to be? If not, then perhaps there are some things you can do differently in order to have the best relationship possible with your son, his wife and your grandkids.
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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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