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Author Helps Couples Resolve Conflicts About In-Laws and Holidays

"Don't say 'no' to your partner so you can say 'yes' to your parents. Communicate with your spouse and work out a loving compromise about where and with whom to spend the holidays. Then, unite as a couple to share this decision with relatives." --Excerpt from Hitched Magazine's article "Surviving Holiday Guilt Trips From Parents and In-laws" by Jenna D. Barry

Manhattan, NY, December 10, 2009 --( Author Jenna D. Barry offers practical tips for married couples on how to resolve conflicts about in-laws and the holidays. Her book, "A Wife’s Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband’s Loyalty Without Killing His Parents," devotes several pages to dealing with holiday issues. Two of her articles have recently appeared in Hitched Magazine: "Surviving Holiday Guilt Trips From Parents and In-laws" and "Holidays With the In-laws: Tips for Resolving Marital Conflict.”

"Jenna D. Barry offers an edgy, informational lifeline to wives who feel stuck in the middle of the man they love – and his parents." –Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist) and Author of “The Marriage Refresher Course Workbook for Couples” and “The Premarital Counseling Workbook for Couples”

"Jenna inspires and empowers women to cope with difficult in-laws."

“Many couples argue about in-laws," explains author Jenna Barry, "especially during the holiday season." Her book and website offer humorous worksheets to help couples make holiday decisions that focus on having a great marriage even if their in-laws aren't so great. She equips couples to recognize when their parents and/or in-laws are manipulating them with guilt, and prepares them with assertive ways to respond. She encourages couples to make their spouse their first priority, even if it means upsetting the parents.

"'A Wife's Guide to In-Laws' lets the reader know that just because you are married to your husband doesn't mean his family can cross your personal boundaries. You do have the right to respectfully decline an invitation or ask them to call before they just drop by your house. "
--Rayna Nielsen, Mom blogger

"Jenna has an understanding of the problems not just from the daughter-in-law’s view, but also from the husband’s position and the in-laws'. She has sound ideas on how to approach the problem before it escalates into a huge issue and tears the family apart. She uses references to expert advice, but she’s the real expert - her humor and experience translate into a wisdom that gives hope to anyone caught in what seems to be a hopeless situation."
–Annie Blanchard, Mother-in-Law Training Lensmaster on

"Jenna's book showed me that I could change things about myself that could drastically change the problems even if no one else did anything at all. Plus my husband was willing to read it and found it funny and insightful." --Terri, Wife and Daughter-in-law

For more information about Jenna’s book, articles, and daughter-in-law support group, please visit

About the Author:
Married 15 years, Jenna D. Barry (a pen name) learned how to gain her husband’s loyalty through communication, persistence, and a whole lot of love. She familiarized herself with the needs and frustrations of other wives by participating in on-line in-law support groups and by talking to marriage therapists, friends, family, and co-workers. She then started her own positive, encouraging support group for wives and created a website about in-laws at Jenna has done radio interviews and writes monthly articles about in-laws for Hitched, a magazine that educates and inspires married couples. Her writing has been published in newspapers, magazines, and websites all over the globe: Mom Magazine, Power Women Magazine, Essential Baby Australia, Families On-Line Magazine,,,,,, and

“A Wife’s Guide to In-laws: How to Gain Your Husband’s Loyalty Without Killing His Parents” (November 2008) by Jenna D. Barry, Publisher: Lulu, Price: $21.95/paperback, ISBN: 9780557025008. This book can be ordered on-line at,,, and

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