FamilyLife Blended® Minute
In-Laws, Out-Laws, Us, and Yours
So, in your house do you say our "daughter-in-law" or "our daughter"?
About the Guest
Words have meaning. When parents talk about their "daughter-in-law" they're referring to the woman their son married. It works the other way, too. She's your mother-in-law not "mom." But some people do say "daughter" or "Mom." It just depends upon their relationship. The same is true in stepfamilies. Even when a "mom" is a stepmom to one of the kids, the dad might say, "Mom texted, and dinner is in the oven." They know who he's talking about, right? The secret is to keep defining what you mean.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
So, in your house do you say our “daughter-in-law” or “our daughter”?