Two things may happen when your in-laws have decided to visit you — it could be harmonious or horrific. Always choose the former. Even if you are in good terms with your in-laws, things can sometimes be awkward, especially if small talk is not your strong suit.
You may remind yourself that you do not have to please them always. But you should do your best to make them feel comfortable and at home, which is a good way to please them. If you are stressing over their impending visit, here are some tips that may help you out, especially when they have decided to stay for a few days:
Keep them comfortable
It all starts in the bedroom. Make sure that it’s clean and pleasing. Cozy Earth suggests that you keep your in-laws comfy with queen-size bamboo sheets. Leave sets of toiletries, towels included. You can set up a television inside their bedroom to keep them entertained. If you do not have an extra room, you may decide to have your kids sleep in your room.
Serve their favorites
Ask your spouse about your in-laws’ favorite food; they will surely appreciate it. But before cooking anything, make sure you know the things they are allergic to. To make things easier over the coming days, you may want to create a meal plan so you will not have to stress over what to prepare next.
Be generous with pleasantries
Your in-laws will appreciate your effort to be nice to them. Always encourage your kids to come up to them. You can get them to talk about their lives; show that you are genuinely interested. Just for the sweetness’ sake, you can take pictures of them with your kids, or have a family portrait before they leave.
Whatever you do, do it with some love and sincerity. It will manifest easily and your in-laws will definitely see and feel it.