How to Deal with a deadbeat son-in-law
Not exactly enthused about who your daughter chose to marry? Turn lemons into lemonade by getting along with a deadbeat son-in-law – despite how you may feel about him.
You Will Need:
• A psychologist
Step 1: Empathize
Try to empathize. Put yourself in his shoes without making excuses for him.
Step 2: Support your daughter
Be supportive of your daughter. If you criticize him to her, she will be forced to defend him and you will only push her away.
Step 3: Withdraw support
Withdraw any financial support you provide. It may be difficult to see your daughter suffer, but enabling helps no one.
Step 4: Consider professional help
Consider his mental state. He may be depressed and need psychological support. Discuss possible mental health options with him and your daughter.
Trivia: In ancient Babylon, in-laws gave their sons-in-law a month's worth of fermented honey drink, to drink after the wedding. This was their "honey month," hence, "honeymoon."