Hello, I hope that my post won't have too much repetition from what all others have posted about their respective in-laws, but after trying hard to be a good DIL, eventually I decided to stop, just be myself/live my own life and not worry about trying to please them/get on their good side anymore, as no matter how hard I try it won't matter. I hope that this post will give others courage to do similarly if they are in tough situations with their in-laws too, even if they live together with them 24-7. In fact, I have stopped talking to them altogether except during birthdays or certain other occasions, thankfully my husband understands (he also doesn't talk to my side of the family, though that's a different story) Background info: * in-laws grew up in snd live in South India. They (especially my MIL) are very traditional and orthodox - believe in following all rituals, do fasts for amavasya, sravanam, the concept of "nalla naal" (auspicious days), bowing down to elders, worshipping their family guru and much more. * I grew up in the US from age 6 but still learned about and to this day try to keep up with my family background, language and cultural values thanks to my parents and others. Learned Hindi, mother tongue, Sanskrit, Carnatic music, Bharatanatyam. Met husband online via our parents, three months prior to our marriage. We became good friends before marrying. Married now for six years. While we both are fairly spiritual in our own ways, we are nowhere near as orthodox as my MIL. This difference has led to a lot of friction as follows: - before marriage, my MIL criticized my mother for not teaching me my mother tongue, even though she did (in US, while dealing with my late father's health problems). Yes, I am not fluent but I can get by decently enough and we speak it at home. - in the first year or two, my MIL looked at me and pointed to my stomach (to suggest that I should work on having a child). This was in spite of my husband not having a job then / from the time of our marriage. - regarding the kid situation, just prior to our last visit to India, my MIL asked my husband as to what we will say when relatives ask us about kids/our not having any yet. He pointed out several examples of members within her own family (and generation) who are married and don't have kids - we all went on a spiritual trip in India due to MIL desire for us to have a child. While I liked various parts of the trip (e.g. taking a dip in the river), later on, after returning from the bathroom, my MIL immediately asked me to not take spiritual kumkum with me to restroom (even though I didn't). Later she told me to apply it every day for next 30 days (except for days of periods). I kept quiet but was thinking why is she always telling me to do this or that. - during a two month long stay at our place, we all got along okay for the most part even while adjusting to one another. At the end she randomly told me that I should not touch puja doors during periods (even though I wasn't even on it at the time) and then defended herself by claiming she thought I didn't know that rule. We got in a big argument because I told her I did know about the rule, and that it's a natural God given process without which we can't give birth and I am sorry but don't believe in such restrictions (though I do follow them outside the home for others sake). My husband (and later on, my mother) tried to tell her that i maintain a traditional enough lifestyle in other ways (e.g. I don't drink, etc) and even my FIL stepped in and said that we won't discuss the topic going forward. - there are many other instances over the years,in spite of my best efforts, I have realized I will never be as traditional as she would like. For example, I know and recite a decent amount of shlokas/prayers but don't necessary follow rituals. I once suggested lighting puja lamp from the stove (because the matchbox wasn't working) and she just said "according to shastras we shouldn't light that way", this was after I finished lighting various lamps for Diwali, not much positive remarks from her for that effort. - she also comments freely about people's eating habits and weight, so I became very self conscious to even eat in front of her when visiting - I ran into major health problems that has delayed any plans for kids (at least biologically) for several years. I am sure that is also a huge thorn in my MIL's side. Anyway it is hard but I have finally decided to stop caring what she thinks of me. I try to have sympathy for her because she has leg problems and didn't have much privacy after her marriage (was always living with her in-laws), at most I see her two months out of the year so I just try and be as patient as I can though I have not always succeeded. If someone like myself (a recovering people-pleaser) managed to reach this point, I hope it will inspire those of you in far more difficult situations than mine.