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How To Deal With A Jealous Sister-in-law

By Vijayalakshmi

How much ever we deny, the fact remains that, your in-laws will still hold a prominent position in your spouse's life. Similarly, this makes them a crucial part of your life as well. It becomes quite hectic to balance your needs with the needs of your new family. Though it could test the level of your patience, creating family harmony is possible and it's very much worth the effort.

As we all know dealing with in-laws can really difficult, somewhere you feel you can somehow deal with them. However, when it comes to dealing with your sister-in-law, it can be a trouble as there could be high levels of ego clashes and jealousy. Meanwhile, a good rapport with the sister-in-law or anyone in the new family is always a boon. Though anyone might find it difficult in the initial stages of the marriage, but investing time will surely reap benefits and will be possible to deal with them positively. In order to make the relationship work between you and your in-laws, it is important to build a good rapport with the new family and deal with your jealous sister-in-law.

Here are some tips to deal and get along with your jealous sister-in-law:

1. Analyse maturely
During the initial stages, it truly becomes difficult in understanding your new family. Here, you need to examine the situation closely and maturely. Misinterpretation and miscommunication is common. However, make sure you settle the misunderstanding before the relationship between you and your sister-in-law goes sour.

2. Deal with the conflict
Look from where the conflict is arising from, so that it will be easy to deal with the situation. Though it is a clear sign o jealousy, try and clear the air of discomfort between you and your sister-in-law.

3. Demonstrate care and compassion
Demonstrate care and compassion towards your sister-in-law. Meaning, get her gifts and take her out for shopping and make her feel special. This could somewhere make her feel comfortable with you.

4. Involve your spouse
If you fail to deal with the issue, get your husband involved in the matter between you and your sister-in-law. Involving your spouse might help in resolving the problem.

5. Speak out
Inspite of the effort you are putting to make your sister-in-law understand you, there are few who do not budge to any requests. At this point, instead of holding the problem within you, speak out to your jealous sister-in-law directly and ask what is making her feel insecure about you.

There are some tips to deal with your jealous sister-in-law. Though you might hesitate to get involved in the matters related between you and your sister-in-law, do not forget that she is a part of your spouse family and have to deal with the impending issues in order to lead life in harmony.

Story first published: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 19:28 [IST]
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