So, what’s the problem?
Media’s Role. DeArmond continues: Another major influence in the tension-filled relationship is media. “I strongly believe that the routine portrayal of the stereotypical meddling, intrusive mother-in-law who believes ‘no girl will be good enough for my son’ has a lot to do with how we view this relationship,” DeArmond writes. “The mother-in-law stereotype has guided our perspective and our expectations in a subtle but real way.”