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AUDIO: Dr. Marty Klein - What Should I Do When My Mother-In-Law Is Bossy?

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No sex or marriage question is too embarrassing because it’s time to ask EmpowHer’s sexuality expert Dr. Marty Klein, anything.

“What can I do about my bossy mother-in-law who sticks her nose into our business way too much?”

Dr. Marty Klein:
Oh, you have a mother-in-law who sticks her nose way too much into your business. You know, my father used to tell a politically incorrect joke when I was growing up--”What’s the definition of mixed feelings? Watching your mother-in-law drive your brand new Cadillac over a cliff.”

Well, you know, dealing with a mother-in-law, I think it’s a delicate balance between having a personal relationship with her in which you talk about your needs and her behavior on the one hand, and dealing with this as a couple, where you and your mate deal with your mate’s mother together and say, “Look, this is the magic boundary around our couple or our family. This is the set of ways in which we would love to interface with you and these are some other ways in which we plan to be independent.”

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