In French, one’s in-laws are called ‘belle-famille’.
Sister-in-law is ‘belle-soeur’; brother-in-law is ‘beau-frère’.
Mother-in-law is ‘belle-mère’; father-in-law beau-père.
Belle/beau means beautiful, lovely or handsome.
The same words are used, in extended families, to refer to a stepmother, stepfather, etc.
Wouldn’t you rather be referred to as a belle-mère than a stepmother? (Maybe they … Continue reading.....