While some mothers-in-law can be great to their sons or daughters-in-law, others can be incredibly difficult to have a cordial relationship with. Some can be cold and distant while others can be very, very unreasonable and intrusive. This woman’s mother-in-law insisted that her daughter-in-law stop seeing a male gynecologist and start seeing a female gynecologist.
After explaining that she did not wish to switch, she showed up to her scheduled appointment only to learn that her appointment had been canceled. Why? Because her mother-in-law had called, pretended to be her, and canceled her appointment! We call interference!
Have you ever had someone invite themselves to one of your private events? How about your honeymoon? And, oh, what if it was your mother-in-law?! Yes, this unfortunate bride was victim to a honeymoon crash when her mother-in-law knocked on her and her husband’s hotel room door at 5 am!
Was it separation anxiety? A severe case of miscommunication? Hardly any excuse could justify such a shockingly rude move. So, needless to say, this mother-in-law was thinking of absolutely no one else but herself. There aren't many other scenarios that could turn a honeymoon into a nightmare.
Wedding planning can be fun and stressful and joyous and problematic all at the same time. Family and friends often help the couple celebrate their special day including, of course, the future mothers-in-law. This bride received some unnecessary help from her future mother-in-law with her wedding invitations.
She cut her already made invitations up and glued them to birthday invitations. When her future daughter-in-law asked her to stick with the originals, her future mother-in-law became livid, told her side of the family that they canceled the wedding, and instead threw a family reunion that day. Apparently, she never apologized.
As if family dynamics aren’t complicated enough, just add cross-cultural dynamics. When someone marries into a new culture, there can be challenges on both sides to understand and appreciate differences. This woman’s mother-in-law would always speak to her like she did not understand English, even going so far as to explain to her what limes were.
Yes, limes. She would also express undue surprise when her daughter-in-law would explain about similarities in her own country to that in America. Hopefully, her mother-in-law will soon appreciate her daughter-in-law’s unique culture and not be so closed-minded.
A woman and her husband had banned the mother-in-law from allowing one of her dogs (who was aggressive) to come to their home. It had been a standing agreement that the dog would not be allowed near their own dog or baby.
But, when the daughter-in-law had requested that her mother-in-law help her watch the baby while she was gone for a short time, she discovered (via a security camera) that she had brought her aggressive dog with her. What’s worse is that he was very close to their nine-month-old baby!