National Mother-in-Law Day - October
Sun, Oct 22, 2023

National Mother-in-Law Day

National Mother-in-Law Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in October. The day provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation to the mother-in-law. Although often perceived as grumbling and difficult, this is not always the case. Many have found support and care from their mother-in-law, simply by making the effort themselves! Join this special celebration and see the rewards!


National Mother-in-Law Day was first celebrated in 1934 in Texas. The editor of the local newspaper was so inspired by Mother’s Day that he felt it was unfair that there was no date dedicated to the mother-in-law. Since then, the holiday has been celebrated with pleasure, but the date has shifted to October (previously events were held in March). Regardless of whether couples are officially married, it is still a great opportunity to thank your partner’s mom.

Family reunification is not always easy. Each side has its own ways and vision of life. It is not uncommon for couples to find themselves in a situation where parents are not eager to interact with each other. It is important to understand that in such cases it is best to not escalate the situation and to not blame. Parents sometimes act out of control – it is never easy to accept that someone else can be better at taking care of their child!

Interesting facts

  • In 1300-1400, the term “mother-in-law” first entered everyday life.
  • Bona Sforza, the Milanese princess and the Polish queen, was suspected of poisoning her daughters-in-law due to her disapproval of them.
  • Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones) is perhaps the most infamous modern mother-in-law. She openly expressed her dislike for her daughter-in-law and then organized a massacre.

How to take part

Showing appreciation is the best way to honor the mother-in-law. Make her feel special and loved: bake her a cake, order the perfect gift, cosmetics, a beautiful dress, an accessory, or a visit to the beauty salon. Even if communication is not running smoothly, try to surround her with care. This gesture may be the key to further positive development of their relationship.

When is National Mother-in-Law Day celebrated in 2023?

Make a Difference Day is observed on the fourth Sunday of October each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday October 22 2023
Sunday October 27 2024
Sunday October 26 2025
Sunday October 25 2026