What mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law really say about each other


Professor Geoff Greif is quoted in a Today.com story that examined his and Associate Professor Michael Woolley's new book that reveals the biggest concerns the women have about each other and how to improve the relationship.

The book is titled "In-law Relationships: Mothers, Daughters, Fathers, and Sons" and available nationwide.


According to the article: All family relationships become more complicated when in-laws enter the picture, but it’s the women who struggle with each other more than the men.


That finding about mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law — part of a new book exploring the dynamics — highlights a bond often filled with warmth but also hesitancy. There’s a whole lot of anxiety and walking on eggshells going on to make things work, the authors found.


“I think that men in general have left a lot of or some of the emotional work in families to women,” Geoffrey Greif, co-author of “In-law Relationships: Mothers, Daughters, Fathers, and Sons,” told TODAY.


“Women are playing a more central role.”


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