My Colombian mother-in-law and I have a good relationship. But it didn’t get there magically. I put in some effort before I even met her and made a good impression. For those who want to start on a good foot with their Colombian mother-in-law, or patch a slightly-damaged relationship up, here ar efor things you can do today to get on your suegra’s good side.
1. Buy her flowers.
We live in the City of Eternal Spring – there are the most beautiful and the cheapest flowers in the world (I made this up, but still, you can spring $10,000 pesos).
I promise you that this will win you some points with your Colombian mother-in-law. I sent my mother-in-law a huge bouquet of flowers to her doorstep on International Women’s Day. After that, I was in.
2. Get your nails done with her.
If your not a woman, or your just not into getting your nails done, take her to lunch. Choose a Saturday and you don’t have to go all out and splurge, just a simple day-date just with you and her. This will help you out. Pro-tip: this will win you extra points if it’s the morning of Mother’s Day in Colombia.
3. Whatsapp chat with her.
I recommend chatting with your Colombian mother-in-law at least once a week on Whatsapp. Even if it’s just to say “Buenos dias como esta?”. Bonus points if you send one of these babies:
4. Bring her breakfast.
This is something really easy and won’t take up a lot of your time. My favorite food to bring over is some goodies from Los Porteños Medellin before I go to work. If you don’t have time to grab breakfast with your mother-in-law during the week before you go to work, you can always have them delivered with a nice note.
Experienced multicultural couples, what do you do to get on your in-law’s good side?