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Help me take the power away from MIL...

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Re: Help me take the power away from MIL...

  • Be more blunt about it.
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  • I have a terrible feeling that my MIL will be the same way when we have children. The one saving grace for me is that they live hundreds of miles away. My nightmare is them deciding to move to our area. My parents live about an hour and a half from us and are decidedly different. My mom has always told me that once I was married she would never EXPECT or REQUIRE us to be with them for holidays or weekends and that she would always call before visiting. MIL, on the other hand, has already made the suggestion to DH that he should be working more so that I can stay home (not what I would want at all) and does the same crying thing that your MIL does when she doesn't get her way or understand. It's aggravating. I don't know that you can do anything but be as firm as possible. You're the mom and you have ultimate control over who interacts with your DS at this stage of his life. I agree with a pp about cutting a visit short if she begins to disregard your wishes as a mother. That will definitely take away some of the power from her. I feel for you :-
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