It is a beautiful experience to fall in love. Knowing someone will always be there by you no matter what and will always love you unconditionally is an indescribable feeling. Sadly, there are always terms and conditions that follow. In my case, the problem was that my boyfriend’s mother disliked me. My boyfriend’s mom hated me outright, so to say. She always taunted us when we were around and would not enjoy my presence in her company.
The transition from love to hate was long, but with these steps, I finally got my boyfriend’s mom to love me.
At first, I thought she only hated me because mothers often tend to get really obsessive about their sons. They only want a tall, slender, beautiful woman who is also traditional and they want her to be ‘in her limits’. I couldn’t help but wonder why my boyfriend’s mother hates me so much. Why is she getting so involved in our relationship anyway? It took me a while to realise that this wasn’t obsession and that she might have genuine concerns for not liking me.
My Boyfriend’s Mom Hates Me and Here Are 13 Things I Did to Make Her Love Me
It was a long and gradual process, but eventually, my lover’s mother did start liking me and now, she cannot go a day without calling me or asking me to talk to her son about his bad habits! Here’s how I got my boyfriend’s mom to love me.
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1. I talked about it with my boyfriend
Somehow, I always had a very strong intuition that my boyfriend’s mother did not really appreciate my presence, but I was never able to put a finger on the reason why. Since I have never been close to his mother, I couldn’t confront her with the problem. Therefore, I confronted my boyfriend, for it is impossible that his mother could dislike me but not mention anything about it to him.
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Once, I went on a car ride with my boyfriend and very carefully explained the situation to him. Turns out, his mother did not like me because I belonged not only to a different caste, but a different religion altogether. I could feel that my boyfriend’s mom hates me but now I knew why as well. Unsettling as that was, I just knew I’d have to try new ways to get my boyfriend’s mother to see me beyond just a girl of a different religion.
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My advice to you would be the same. Have a conversation with your man and try to identify the reason for her mother’s dislike towards you.
2. I dressed according to what she thought was appropriate
I would like to think of myself as a 21st century modern woman. I like my boxer shorts and oversized t-shirt. If I have to go out, I like to don a cute crop top with jeans. Obviously, a middle-aged lady would not fancy such clothing. Honestly, it does unnerve me, because I should be able to wear what I want to without
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But sadly, India hasn’t progressed so much. It was hard to accept that my boyfriend’s mom hates me just because I dress differently than what she expects!
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To get my boyfriend’s mother to like me, I had to dress according to what she liked. My boyfriend once told me that his mother loved a kurti and pair of jeans, so I wore apparels around kurtis to show her that I respected her choice.
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Being a rebel here certainly would have given me my way, but at the cost of a troublesome future with my love. If wearing kurti for one hour in front of his mother eases her even a little bit, why not do it?
3. I spent less time at his house when she was around
I can wear all the appropriate apparels I want, I knew my boyfriend’s mother would still not appreciate my frequent visits to her house. I had to avoid being around her as much as I could and that’s exactly what I did. I avoided going to his house when she was around and when I had to go, I ensured that a respectable distance was maintained between my boyfriend and I.
I applied a very basic strategy at this point. I did not visit my boyfriend’s house regularly, but I still dropped by a few times, like once in two weeks, so that she would know that I am here for long and I am not leaving her son.
4. I refrained from even hugging him when she was around
I acknowledged the fact that my boyfriend’s mother has no soft corner for me. It would greatly disturb her if she saw me getting too comfortable with her son around her. I knew I needed to respect that. This is why I avoided any sort of PDA, even hugging, around her.
I had to take my time to get her to like me and this was one of the primary steps I took. I had to show her that I respected her and I would not go hanky-panky with her son without caring about what she feels. I also knew that my boyfriend’s mom hates me and would not give in so easily.
5. I offered to help her in whatever she would do
No parents like their child’s friends coming over, eating meals, dirtying the house and not even offering to help. To be honest, this entire scenario used to give me constant flashbacks of the movie 2 States, where Ananya visits Krish’s house, but his mother does not approve of Ananya.
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Yet, just like Ananya, I offered to help in any way that I could as well. Although unlike Ananya, I knew how to cook well. I helped her in cooking, arranging the dishes, cutting salad and anything else that she needed help in. I believe this was a major step in her being comfortable with me. It made her realise that
I am a caring, helpful lady and I’m not just messing around with her beloved son.
6. I showed genuine interest in her hobbies
This part demanded a little bit of homework. I kept asking my boyfriend about what his mother likes and acted accordingly.
Turns out that his mother loved reading poetry. Every night Googled poems by Faraz and Ghalib, and would read them out with his mother. I even gifted her books of poetry twice with a sweet note in those books. Not only that, I also asked her questions related to her interest in poetry. I would listen intently as she would tell me stories of how Faraz always caught her emotions and how the shared love for poetry ignited the love between her and her husband.
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Showing genuine interest in her hobbies made her realise that I truly care about her likes and dislikes and I am mindful of them as I talk to her.
7. I continued to treat her with respect
Knowing well enough that my boyfriend’s mom hates me, I never let my feelings get the better of me. Getting my boyfriend’s mother to love me was a long process, sure. There were times when she would suddenly feel unsettled about my presence and lightly taunt me or my boyfriend about it. Once, I was sitting at his place after a long day when his mother said, “Kids these days get so tired doing the smallest of tasks”. I knew that was a taunt to me, but I also knew I had to handle it with dignity.
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Despite such taunts, I treated her with respect, laughed her off and sometimes even appreciated her for being better. For example, when she mocked me with the previous statement, I simply laughed and told her how we never have to work as much as her generation had to, which is why we get tired faster. This did impress her since I acknowledged her efforts and hard work.
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8. I avoided instigating fights as much as I could
Sure, there were times when she would get meaner (thankfully she was never nasty towards me). During those times, I wanted to stand up and yell at her for those mean words, but I avoided it as much as I could.
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By this time, I knew that my boyfriend’s mother had started liking me, but she was still taking her time and making peace with the fact that I am not of the same caste as them. This understanding and acceptance of her irrational behaviour helped me make peace with her and even my emotions.
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If you think your partner’s mother still doesn’t like you, you also need to have an acceptance towards the mentality she has grown up with, which is difficult to change. It might take longer time, but it will eventually happen.
9. I stopped expecting my boyfriend to always stand up for me
It used to annoy me to my spine when my boyfriend would look at things with a practical perspective instead of standing up for me. He would calmly handle the matter, explain things to his mother and me very logically, and settle things down.
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I knew this was the right way to go about it, but it made me very angry sometimes. Eventually, I realised that what he was doing was indeed practical, and at the very least, he wasn’t taking any sides. He was always fair and rational. Once I stopped expecting him to stand up for me, it made things easier for me as well, for I realised that there will always be a third person perspective around which is going to make more sense than her or I ever will.
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10. I avoided arguments with my boyfriend when his mother was around
It is impractical to state that we never fight. We certainly have lesser arguments, but there are times when I want to tear my head off. However, no matter how heated a situation got, I made sure we never fought in front of his mom.
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The reason for this is his mother is still far from being absolutely comfortable with me. She has her recurring apprehensions. I have to avoid any event that would confirm her doubts about me. If she caught me and her son in an argument, she would definitely believe that I am going to disrupt his life (you know how mothers can be very obsessive towards their son, right?) Which is why, I never brought up any topics of potential argument when she would be around.
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11. I maintained my boundaries at all times
I realised gradually that I would have to have some boundaries with my in-laws, (future, though) so I started early. The boundaries here stood for every possibly one. I would stand up for myself if things got very nasty, I avoided PDA in front of his mom and I avoided overstepping her authority when it came to her relationship with her son.
Understanding and maintaining boundaries certainly assisted in the growth of a new bond between my boyfriend’s mother and me.
12. I began treating her like a person, not his mother
Thinking of her as my boyfriend’s mother put her on a hypothetical pedestal, which created a hindrance in our budding relationship. I realised that she is an individual and soon I began treating her that way.
This not only helped her, it also helped me, for the nervousness I originally felt when I would be around her gradually vanished. It helped her as she realised she can be my friend too and our relationship can grow beyond just a boy’s mother and his girlfriend.
13. I didn’t pick on my boyfriend to get along with his mother
This is one mistake I noticed most women made while getting their boyfriend’s mother to like them. They would pick on their boyfriends thinking it would be funny and the mother would laugh. Well, wrong. Mother’s do not like their sons being teased, especially by a random girl she barely knows.
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I made active efforts to never joke about my boyfriend around his mother. Instead, I displayed how much I respect their relationship and how much I adore my boyfriend for being such a good son to her.
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Eventually, his mother realised that I have great respect for my boyfriend and his family and I have no intentions of disrupting their relationship or their lives. Thankfully, with all these efforts, my boyfriend’s mother began seeing me beyond just a girl from a different caste. She now sees me as a smart individual, who is a good match for her son, and now, she calls me more to complain about her son!