A bit of a banter or joke doesn't go astray!
Chris Gawidziel, 36, and his wife Kate had their first child Alex in February. The birth of the little boy solidified an already strong family relationship. He says: “KATE introduced me to her parents three months after we started dating. Her parents and I got on from day one and clicked really well. I think a huge helper was the fact we instantly discovered we had a lot of the same interests, like footy and travelling, and her dad and I have the same sense of humour. “They were really welcoming, and were always asking about me and took an interest not just in me and my relationship with Kate, but also in my own life and what I’d been up to. It allowed me to be myself, and I think that is a mistake that some people make when it comes to in-laws. I never tried to be someone I wasn’t, and I was never afraid to be myself around them. I was never fake and I think they saw that and appreciated it. “They’ve also been great by including me as part of the family. We often travel together, and have visited their side of the family in Italy together, which really makes me feel like I’m part of it all. “Especially now, with the new bub, they are constantly around and are very hands-on with him. When Kate and I need some couple time, they are so helpful and always putting their hands up to baby babysit. “I th think a lot of the time guys can be quite egotis egotistical and have that male persona of not wan wanting assistance. I think there’s that pre preconception of men not wanting the in in-laws hanging around, and also that i idea of the guy taking away their daughter. This attitude can really affect the relationship between you and your partner’s parents. “My advice would be to just get to know your in-laws. Find out who they are and make the effort to understand their personalities. “I also think communication is the ke key to a good, positive relationship. We all have a very respectful relationship and no o one is ever rude, mean or nasty, but at the sa same time I think trading a bit of banter or a joke here and there doesn’t go astray.”