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strugglingSM's picture

Since I have the special treat of sharing both Thanksgiving and Christmas with DH's family this year, I'm feeling a little less in the holiday spirit than normal.

I thought I'd cheer myself up, by asking people to share their worst in-law stories. I have some bad ones, but I imagine many of you have seen far worse.

What is the worst thing one of your in-laws (not just MILs or FILs, but also your SO's siblings) has done to you all in the name of supporting Skids...or just in the name of being terrible?

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

After BM ditched the Skids. SD8 got sick like a week later, she contacted BM (behind our backs) then informed DH than SD8 was clearly depressed and BM would be picking her up that morning. SD8 (who was sick) didn't want to go. So she then informed DH that BM would be coming over and hangin out with him and SD8 (I said heck no). She went through with it anyways and BM showed up that evening instead... MIL then showed her into the room we sleep in and she legit sat on the bed... I JUST ABOUT KILLED SOMEONE. DH thankfully got me out of there before I did.

MIL also thought she would suggest BM bring a swimsuit and come swim over at our home during this vist (I was supposed to be at work) and that DH and BM hang out with SD8 together to show the "family isn't broken."

Also at a later date she lectured me on how wanting BM's s*** gone (after they'd been apart for years) was completely unreasonable and how DH and BM should be taking family pictures and Bm should be at all our holidays. Thank goodness DH did not agree....

strugglingSM's picture

I don't understand why some mothers can't move on when their sons get divorced...why do they get so involved?!

Also, why can't people understand that after a divorce, parents should be living separate lives. It's ok for a child to have two families. In many ways, having two separate, happy families is better than having one, dysfunctional, unhappy family!

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

Also add to that tying to inform me how my future household will be ran and trying to convince me because I’m allowed a laptop the EIGHT year old should have her own laptop in her room. I don’t believe in computers in rooms period... I’m standing by that. But I am DANG sick of the crap.

readingandlearning's picture

I've always said if you choose not to live separate  lives with your ex then you will ultimately be living separate lives with your current. Inevitably your current relationship will fail because of this. Regardless of what anyone claims or says no one wants to be dealing with an enmeshed invasive an ex coming and going.

Cara1128's picture

What? Hell no...sitting on your no..
Bedroom door is locked during the day if anyone is over(ss6 likes to go explore...)

Lettingo's picture

I'm new here but so happy to find a safe space to vent and get some advice from others in the same position. No one else understands. Reading everybody's post and comments is very refreshing. 
Ok so my MIL has a picture of my husband's ex wife and their kids together on the center table in their living room. The only other pictures on this table is of her parents, her daughter's family and my husband the ex and my stepkids. Like their still a "happy family". Mind you we are married and also have one biological daughter. There is a picture of us with my husband and my two step kids on their very cluttered mantle. You can barely see it. However every time you sit in the living room you see this old picture of his "first family ". It literally makes me feel like I'm just that the second family. If you didn't know he was married to me and you walked in thehouse and sat down, you would just assume that's his family and his wife. It's literally the center focus in the living room. My daughter and I are no where near a focus in their living room. Also the marriage ended due to an affair on her part. Completely embarrassed him and lied to him. At one point she had the new boyfriend on their phone family plan and in his house and car.  So I would think his mother would feel some type a way about that but I guess not. He's uncomfortable with the picture too but it's her house. It makes me feel horrible every time I see it. I try not to even go in the living room when I'm there for fear of me getting upset all over again. Am I crazy for feeling like this. She's nice to me but does this mean she likes the ex better. Should I be offended?

Rags's picture

OMG.  BM was scent marking your bed by rubbing her ass and gonads on the bed you and DH share and BM gave her the guided tour.

I would have let them both know via a letter from my attorney that if either BM or MIL ever set foot on your property again that they would be considered home invaders subject to the consequences that any home invader would be risking if they invaded your home.


That you and DH are on the same page is critical. I am glad that you are both on that page.

smh again.

momjeans's picture

My MIL tried to back out of coming over to hang out with our 18 month old toddler, THE MORNING OF my scheduled c-section.

I had to check into the hospital by 7am. Around 5:45 am, MIL sent DH a text stating she wouldn’t be able to make it. I was LIVID. To this day, I’m 99% positive she did this in retaliation because I firmly said no skid at the hospital (c-section fell over skid’s summer visitation) - pre or post OP. I anticipated a very short stay at the hospital, and it was - less than 24 hours. I wanted peace and quiet and no visitors other than my DH and our toddler.

Long story short. MIL did end up coming that morning. Pretty sure DH told her hellfire was about to rain down on her. When she shows up, she wouldn’t even make eye contact with me, acknowledge me, or wish me luck.

But, in true MIL form, about 8 hours later, she did slip past the OB nurse station, despite me informing them “no visitors outside of my husband”, because MIL just had to be the first to see the baby and take pictures to post all over social media. Because grandma of the year. :O

I hate her. So much.

strugglingSM's picture

My MIL has also backed out of watching Skids on more than one occasion for us, always with the excuse that we shouldn't "exclude" Skids from our lives, so should be willing to take them on whatever adult errand or outing we have planned.

My favorite was when we were signing papers for our house. DH had arranged with MIL that she would watch SSs. I had told her what time we would need to leave and about how long I thought it would take. That time arrives and MIL is nowhere to be found and can't be reached. Because every 11 year old wants to sit and wait for an hour while their dad and SM sign paperwork...I was so angry. Now, whenever DH tells me he'll get MIL to help us, I tell him not to, because I can't rely on her.

If I were in your situation, I'm not sure what I would do...probably try to move far away (which is my plan if DH and I ever have kids!).

momjeans's picture

And this is just one event that stands out to me.

My MIL (and FIL) have engaged in a lot of backstabbing, manipulative, and passive-aggressive behavior. Always intentional, no matter how innocent or clueless they act. No matter how much my MIL sobs and plays the victim.

MIL and FIL both lack emotional intelligence. I’ve come to the conclusion that they just cannot process the reality of me disengaging from skid, staying disengaged, and having zero lovey feelings towards her.

strugglingSM's picture

My MIL is soooo manipulative. She uses guilt to try to get everything done. I would much rather she would be direct in asking for help.

I try to keep her prying eyes out of our household or only give her a carefully curated glimpse into what goes on in our house. I've become that fake person who is nice to her face, but holds her at arms length behind closed doors.

DH has sort of pushed her away because she meddled so much in his life. I actually try to encourage him to be nicer to his mother and to contact her more, but I can't blame him, since she goes behind his back to talk to BM and tries to get involved in their conflicts on occasion.

notasm3's picture

Some of these MILs should be drawn and quartered. You people are nicer than I am. If someone did half the sh*t that some of these women have pulled they would be DEAD to me.

I have no problem ghosting people who are toxic no matter what the DNA connection to me or my loved ones. I realize that minor children are an exception - no matter how toxic they are. But that's also why I never married a man with a minor child.

I come from a very large extended family - 90% are just great. A few not great but are at least tolerable. But there are a couple that I've been okay with just removing from my life.

I also have a very full social life. I don't have time to keep up with half my friends and family. So no way am I going to waste any time with toxic aholes.

ETA - My husband's parents both died young long before I met him so I've never had a MIL with him. He has 4 siblings. I adore everyone of them and their spouses.

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

That's why I told DH we won't be living close to them when we buy. I'm not risking the constant crap or too frequent visits... Oops...

momjeans's picture

I’m not that nice, really. I do think the fact that I reluctantly “welcome” my toxic in-laws into my home, mainly only around the holidays, gives my DH and in-laws false hope that I’m going to put my guard down and play their codependent, passive-aggressive games, though.

My MIL has been on the receiving end of my razor tongue many times - she just keeps coming back for more, unaffected by it, because being numero uno in DH’s life is high on her priority list.

I’ll ignore them all day, while they’re here visiting DH. I’ve even had moments of completely banning them from stepping foot in my house, but the codependency between DH and his parents is some next level BS. I’ve become accustomed to just calling MIL and FIL out on the spot, fully aware that they’ll go all out with their smear campaign, in defense mode.

MIL telling family members that I’m “crazy” or “overreactive” is just code-speak that I call her out on her crap. Lol.

Jcksjj's picture

Isnt it mind blowing that no matter what happens with those type of people, they just act like nothing happened and everything is fine the next time you see them?

SugarSpice's picture

once in laws supported skids against me i disengaged from them.

earlier i would talk to them on the phone when dh called them. they were elderly and always broke thanks to fil using all the money he earned on vacations and his own sports and pastimes. mil has nothing to show for the decades of marriage but that is another story.

when in laws supported sd in her telling me to go to h%ll to my face i cut off contact. no need to waste my time making idle talk with two old people who did not care about me nor knew right from wrong.

dh x wife had an affair with a married man and left her husband. youd think the in laws would cut off ties with her but sure enough 15 years later they are swapping emails like they were old friends.

Exjuliemccoy's picture

Wow, just wow. Don't know if you posters are familiar with it, but reddit has a great sub thread called JUSTNOMIL. Some of these stories definitely belong there.

theoldredhen's picture

My ex MIL, a Protestant religious fanatic despised me for being a Catholic. From the time that my 2 daughters and BIL's son and daughter were little more than toddlers, MIL made her favouritism for the non-Catholic grandchildren painfully obvious. Regardless of the fact that my daughters visited her regularly, never forgot her birthday and were always available to help her out whereas the favoured 2 all but ignored her, my girls failed to make the grade.

A few years ago, my granddaughter had fun during a grandma visit by making a tick mark on a pad of paper every time that the favoured grandchildren's names were mentioned. As I recall, it was approximately 60 times during a 2 hour visit.

My daughters try to find humour in the flagrant favouritism but I know that it has hurt them deeply. It's not nice to make physical comparisons but my girls are both slim, fit, attractive, well educated and successful. The preferred grandchildren are morbidly obese, did not finish high school, are often unemployed and are rude and entitled. If ex MIL had been aware of how they ridiculed her behind her back, she would have been shocked.

Over the years, she has spent tens of thousands of dollars on her favourites, buying them vehicles and providing downpayment for mortgages. My girls received, at most, $20.00 cheques for birthdays and Christmas. One of the best side effects of divorcing my first husband was removing myself from his horrible mother. I only wish that my children could have done the same.

Rags's picture

Time to give XMIL/GrandMa a sit down review of the Excel balance sheet of her favoritism towards the fat useless Protestant GKs Vs the slim successful Catholic Gks.

Just for fun.s.

Facts don't lie. Facts are neither good not bad. They are merely facts.

XMIL needs her nose firmly rubbed in the facts of her toxic crap.


Ispofacto's picture

Killjoy is such a brat, that even her own family has nicknames for her: SIL and her family calls her "Little Brat", XMIL (Killjoy's maternal grandma) calls her "Bratty Brat", and MIL's nickname for her was "Little Bitch". I kid you not. Killjoy has no idea, they never say anything to her face.

MIL has spent hours regaling me with stories about BM and Killjoy from before I came into the picture. MIL is not BM's friend by a longshot, thank god. MIL farking hates BM, and honestly, sometimes I think she hates Killjoy by association, but maybe partly also because, well, Killjoy really is a little bitch. And MIL is furious with DH for marrying BM and having a child with her. MIL is a strong preference for SIL and her family. That may be because of DH's poor choices, but according to BM, the favoritism was always there. BM is a victim, so I really don't know.

There have been times when I've felt that MIL's condemnation of Killjoy was just a little too harsh, colored by her hatred of BM. In the past, MIL had made it clear to me that Killjoy is not my responsibility and she wouldn't blame me at all for disengaging. She brought it up first, I didn't. I was sticking it out though, at the time.

When I first came into the picture, the ILs were so pleased and so friendly. But the constant drama with BM and Killjoy was very depressing for me, and I had a hard time coping with life, and wasn't responsive enough I guess, and now they are still kinda friendly but not as nice. Me and DH also have a different style of relating to people than some others do, more on that later. Maybe it would have happened anyway, I don't know, but things cooled off. But then MIL started going on and on about what an asshole DH is, and she told me these stories over and over again, and they were all so petty and ridiculous. Like she'd get uber pissed about how much she hates the way our house is decorated. Wtf? I really don't care if she likes the way our house is decorated, she doesn't have to live there, but it hurts my feelings about how hateful her attitude is toward DH, because he really is a nice guy, and he loves her dearly, even if he's a bit of an airhead about sending cards and whatnot. More on that later.

But it's almost like MIL's just pissed at the world, because she also went on and on about her break with her former BFF, about how the woman came to visit MIL at her new house and didn't complement how the house looked. And I'm not sensitive, but I thought, how hypocritical, here she is getting pissed that someone is uncomplimentary about her house when she's directly throwing shade at mine, and I've never been anything but kind to her, despite the fact that honestly, I think her house is tacky, but hey, I don't have to live there, so I told her it's beautiful.

I kinda wonder if she was just being defensive, because sometimes DH will stupidly throw a casual accusation out there about MIL or SIL not being reciprocal enough about visiting and whatnot, or being fair regarding attending the nieces/nephews/grandkids events. Well, they live a lot further away from us, and MIL and SIL live close to each other, so of course SIL's family gets to see MIL/FIL more. And the relationship between MIL and SIL is not fraught with BM drama, so of course MIL's going to gravitate in that direction. DH made poor choices, I understand that. Lately I have been asking DH if his mother has always been so petty and mean. He says he thinks so, but maybe part of it is her declining health.

Well, when I'd finally had it with Killjoy, I thought if anyone would understand it would be MIL. So I poured out my heart to her. And she accused me of lying. Now I am largely disengaged from her. I'm not even sure I will attend xmas. I am never grateful enough for the gifts she gives me. I always like them and say thank you, I guess I have to wear them and display them every time I see her? I really don't want gifts, it's not worth the drama. I've noticed the gifts are starting to become passive aggressive. I wouldn't be surprised if she gave me a goodwill ashtray, like some others here have posted. BM was always an as$hole to everyone, never liked any gifts, and I wonder sometimes if MIL has just developed a distaste for any DH wife, or maybe MIL is just really touchy and sensitive about gift giving. I probably won't go, I'll do ANYTHING to avoid drama.

Sometimes I wonder if these DHs of ours learn their dysfunctional partner picking from their origin families. Likely so.

Regarding our different style of relating. DH and I are both generous people, we don't get mad about petty issues, and we normally don't hold grudges. We think greeting cards are trite. We love to give gifts, and don't care if we get gifts in return. Spending time with people we love is the best gift you can give us. We are very affectionate. We are well off financially. We are nerds. We like books. We don't decorate with flare. We are practical. We are straight shooters, we don't play games. We don't like drama and games. Personally, if you are into games, I will ghost you, DH won't. We don't care if we receive greeting cards or gifts or even phone calls for our birthdays or father's day or anniversaries, or whatever. Our lives are busy and we get to that stuff whenever we have time, or not. I frequently forget my own birthday. As an adult, it doesn't matter to me, it's just another day. My kids visit when they can. We're super flexible. We celebrate holidays and birthdays whenever. No one bickers, ever. We love and cherish each other.

MIL must receive a card on or before her birthday, no exceptions. She gets uber pissed if she doesn't. Forever. She gets pissed also if we are not adequately reverent of SIL's family. Forever. So I have taken on that duty, because DH is an airhead and thinks it's silly. I'm prone to agree with him, but that's how MIL is. DH wants to celebrate with her in person next time he sees her, which may be a month later. I'd be fine with that, she's not. I've written before my feelings about anonymous gift giving. It goes against my grain to send people gifts when they don't make an effort to visit, but whatever.

And now about SIL. DH and I started dating in a February, and moved in together the following November, so I was very new to the family our first xmas. SIL cried poor and requested the adults not exchange gifts, which was fine with me. I don't need or want gifts, and I don't mind giving them or not, whatever makes others most comfortable. Anything is fine with me, except drama. And drama is what I got. Xmas arrived, and SIL presented us with a token gift, something inexpensive. Well, of course, we didn't have a gift, because she requested no exchange. Well, FIL called a couple days later and said SIL was angry, because we didn't give her a gift. She couldn't tell us herself. Wtf. I was inclined to ignore this stupidity, but I called Omaha Steaks and had a giant box of steaks delivered to her house. It was expensive, but I don't give a shit, I just want the bullshit halted. But that left a lasting impression. Welcome to the family, now let the games begin.

Months after that, MIL was complaining about SIL making poor financial decisions (maybe MIL is just catty? She talks about friggin everybody, but YOU are not allowed to.). After xmas, SIL and her husband had bought her a large diamond ring, a brand new Harley for him, a stone firepit for their backyard, and expensive vacation, and had a stone mailbox installed. I told MIL, I don't want to hear anymore about how poor SIL is. I don't care how she spends her money, I'm just pissed about the drama. I told MIL that when I was in her favor, but she probably developed a grudge about that later. Whatever.

SIL is always pissed at DH about whatever petty issue du jour MIL is pissed about that happened 20+ years ago. Disputes about candy bars. Stupid shit. Wtf. I don't care. They bicker whenever they get together. It's stupid.

It's a shame, because my own family lives far away, my own mother is dead, and my father has dementia, so I kinda wished for an extended family. Maybe I'm too sensitive.

Cara1128's picture

Thanksgiving yr.1(also around my birthday)-mil invites hubs and me over telling us it was just going to be us so I could get to know her.
We geg to her house she is not there.
Arrives with BM2 and Ss3 in tow.
Mil and BM proceed into the house to commiserate leaving SS3 outside for hubs to watch while frying a turkey.(!)
I said nothing but told SS3 to go inside with mommy everytime for 2 hrs
I stayed outside with hubs
After 2 hrs of this charade BM2 decided she wanted to go home(mil drove her bc she does not drive or own a car at 30+ ys old) bc SHE was feeling unwelcome.
Why bc you have to take care of the child you spawned while i get to relax bc Im childfree...I drank beer too and ate and told hubs to have fun and we did...yup that happens when MIL decides to spring crap on me
Many more stories exist too many to iterate here.

Myss.Tique D'Off's picture

My current MIL is crass, brash, opinionated and loud. It wouldn't be so bad if she was clever or coherent. Unfortunately, to me her thinking and opinions are borderline offensive. At least IPOD-H has not inherited these traits from her. (This is IPOD-H's mother, not the MIL of my first marriage who is quite lovely.)

In the run up to Brexit (UK decision referendum to stay or leave the EU), many people had many different opinions on the subject for many different reasons.

We were having brunch at my house one Sunday, with some of my family members: my household, my folks, and two of my brothers and their wives and kids. On IPOD-H's side it was MIL, FIL, IPOD-H's sister and her husband and SD.

I was in the kitchen preparing food so this is what I heard. MIL who should know better than to discuss politics with a group of people she doesn't know well, was holding court, railing against all the damn immigrants and foreigners who steal jobs. Kind of the "go back to where you came from" attitude. Britain is full: get out! It is worth noting that every single person in the house on that day was a British citizen. However, what MIL did not know, was the history of my family.

Both my parents (born after or during the war - WW2) had one immigrant parent. Both my Grandfather's served in World War 2 and married foreign brides. Both my grandpa's were British. My Grandmother's were Greek and Swedish. My SIL who was at the brunch is originally from the Bahama's (you can hear by her accent). My son is half Swiss. So not being content to insult people she knows nothing about, she complained to me afterwards my family were not very receptive to her speech and went to look at the plants, flowers and birds in the garden... How rude they are! (I am surprised they remained as restrained as they did because I know these people and I know quite a few of them would have ripped a new one...) From my family I learned they left it because my mother gave everyone the hairy eyeball! (Signal for SHUT IT!) My mother told me afterwards: not worth it to engage an ignorant drunk. (MIL had been hitting the champagne hard that morning... Lovely!)

So add this to MIL's hypochondriac personality of always being dead and half dead - and wanting to be a patient of both of my brother's who have had the good sense to refuse. Suffice is to say that invitations are declined when MIL is around or there are short drop by appearances before they leave if MIL is going to be there.

Cara1128's picture

Oh more bc i just can't help it.
When hubs and I were just dating and he lived in his own place i met his nom briefly when she showed up unabounced with a bunch of stuff and both ss12 and stepbro(bm2 first child unrelated to hubs but like a son to him).
We shook hands then immediately she started conspiratorially whispering to me all of hubs' shortcomings. He was this he used to do this blah blah on and on while he was in the bathroom(lol).
He came out and she immediately stopped pretending nothing happened.I was stunned but didn't let on and did not have any doubts about hubs as a result of her whispers.
Why would you do that to your own child?(that was my only thought as she was speaking)

momjeans's picture

SugarSpice - my in-laws seem to favor DH’s ex too. So bizarre, considering she cheated, got pregnant, had an abortion, reconciled with DH, cheated some more, then ultimately left him.

At least once a year, BM will create a new FB account and “friend” them to play games. BM loves to comment on photos the in-laws post of them and skid, while here for Christmas visitation: “Oh, that looks like fun! I wish I was there spending it with you guys!”

Um. What?! BM is now 5+ years removed from being DH’s estranged wife. Lives 2000+ miles away. And despised spending the holidays with them back in the day when things were supposedly “good”, per DH.

Also per DH, BM would open a gift, and if she didn’t like it, she would hand it back to MIL, instructing her to return it - that she didn’t want it. Such a perfect and loving good Christian, that BM.

Christmas is... entertaining with my in-laws. I avoid getting together with them at all costs, but they always finagle a quick visit to exchange gifts and for their photo ops with our toddlers to post on social media. It’s all a sham.

Gifts? It’s a hit or miss if I’ll receive some sort of passive-aggressive gift or not. I generally get a few from them, and generally the one gift I don’t want to immediately toss in the trash is something only DH knows I like or want. So, how do you think MIL knew? DH, of course. It’s so obvious he begs her to play nice. The look on MIL’s face is always priceless. The look of gifting something nice, that you didn’t want to buy, to someone you despise.

While I am perfectly content with not getting a gift al all, I DO look forward to that moment all year now, because it’s visibly so painful for MIL to see me happy. }:)

strugglingSM's picture

My worst MIL story was the time that she called DH and said to him, "I've just had a long talk with BM and she said, and I agree, that StrugglingSM is a big cause of the problems between you and her. StrugglingSM should sit down with BM and work out their differences." This was just days after DH had asked her to stop talking to BM, because BM kept threatening to take him to court. This was also months after DH and I had seen a counselor because BM's behavior was threatening our relationship and MIL knew about it. MIL emailed both of us to "see if everything was ok" after our counseling sessions and I sent her a curt email basically saying we'd get through it, but BM was a big problem for us. After MIL told DH that she and BM agreed that I was really the problem, I lost it and almost cut MIL out of my life entirely.

After that, I kept MIL at arms length. I'm still friendly to her face, but I don't share anything with her. I think MIL likes to feel needed and BM makes her feel more needed than either DH or I do.

BM is terrible to DH and was abusive throughout their marriage and after their divorce, but MIL still goes out of her way to tell DH how thankful he should be for BM. She told DH he should send BM a mother's day gift and also is always encouraging him to help BM out, even though she knows that BM is constantly using the children as a weapon against DH. BM even told DH that she wasn't going to let SSs go to MIL's party (which was on her weekend), because he "didn't ask nicely enough." But of course, by all means, don't support your son. I also think that MIL is like BM in many ways. She belittles DH and has told him he's a "terrible father". Meanwhile, BM is a manipulative, needy, adolescent mother who doesn't require her kids to do anything in school and lets them do age inappropriate things, but according to MIL, she's MOTY.

momjeans's picture

Our MILs are a lot alike.

Their issues are rooted in the fact that they’re insecure, codependent enablers. They habitually cross boundaries and hold everyone else, but their own child(ren), up on a pedestal.

I guess I’ll never understand. It’s why I went low contact, and try to go full fledge no contact with my MIL, as much as humanly possible. She’s the “problem” right alongside BM.

StepMat789's picture

This is by far the funniest, not the worst...At the age of 26 and having just given birth to my ex-in laws first size zero ex mother-in-law gave me Slim Fast, Wrinkle Cream and a shirt that was 2 sizes too small. Merry Christmas to me. Now, I am not one to be unappreciative, but it was all I could do when I opened her gift to not run into my room crying. I find it flocked with humor now.

strugglingSM's picture

Whoa! That's terrible! That sounds like something my friend's mother would do. At one point, my friend said to her, "if you keep talking about my weight, I will stop talking to you!" My friend does not need to lose weight.

1wonder woman's picture

Recently my boyfriends mother called me up and asked me for his ex-wifes phone number. First off I thought to myself why did she call me why not her sone? I told her that her phone number is still the same as it was before the divorce.  Anyway she said she feels she should be allowed to talk to talk to his ex-wife after she said she was my daughter in-law for 20 years and she is the mother of my grandchildren. She said she bought her and the girls matching necklaces all three have all of their birthstones on each of the necklaces and she wants to make sure she is there when the packages are delivered. I gave her the phone number.  But what really makes me mad I have been living with her son 4 years now and not once has she bought me any gifts... hurts my feelings. My SO is mad at her he called her up and told her she should not be buying his ex-wife any gifts at all... second all the gifts that she buys his children should come to our home not hers period and there is nothing to discuss with his ex-wife so he told out of respect for me your son from here on out please do as I ask... we are divorced and if you want to buy someone a gift how about buying my girlfriend a gift for once. His mom was not happy...

Our last visit she was bragging how much these two were in loveeee. she said to this day she has never seen two people so madly in love then her son and his ex-wife... she is still shocked that they got a divorce and she said they should of seek counseling first. She brags how good of a wife and mother she was... and she told my two sons love little women with big boobs... so serious... I am not little I am tall and curvy... and no big fake boobs neither his ex-wife has implants. So can you imagine how I felt?  Again my So told his mom please out of respect for me and my girlfriend stop bringing up my ex-wife and bragging about her. This woman loves to brag about her ex-daughter-in-law... She even said one day to his little girl oh honey you are so pretty you look just like your beautiful mommy.  so serious. I just wanted to runaway and cry... she gets under my skin like no other.

She even called me the other day saying she was in tears because she really misses the way the holidays use to be... she said her sons divorce has really ruined the family unit... she misses the good old days. She said she is grieving she lost her daughter-in-law and grand children her grandson that is 23 disowned his father and her 4 years ago. She said her grand kids do not like me... I told her your two oldest grandchildren I met two times they never even tried to get to know me. Heck they just might like me if they would get to know me... No it is ok for his ex-wife to move on with the man she was having an affair with but it's not ok for their Dad to move on... his mom knows about the affair too but she over looks the true reason for the divorce. 

I really think his mother wants them to get back together and everytime she can she takes her jabs at me... she said to me her son only dated his ex-wife for 6 months and purposed to her and he has dated me for 4 years she said and why has he not purposed to you yet?  She said I will tell you NOT HAPPENING... he will not purpose to you because he was madly in love with his ex-wife... OUCH... again she will not let go of the past... and move on and excepts me nor will his kids. It hurts it really does... 

Rags's picture

My XMIL had the facade of a nice and caring woman.   She was the book keeper and manager of a coin operated laundry company that put laundry equipment in apartment complex laundry rooms, laundramats, truck stops, etc....

She offered regularly to get appliances at very good prices through her business relationships with various major appliance manufacturers.

A good friend of mind needed a refridgerator.  He was dating my XSIL at the time (The ILs youngest child) and my XMIL bought a huge refridgerator and gave it to my friend.   He handed her the cash for it. She refused and told him it was a gift.

A number of months later he quit ravishing XMILs daughter which pissed off my XMIL.  My friend had just graduated from college and was on his way to start a Ph D. in another city when he ended it with my XSIL.  So, my XMIL instructed me to get the refridgerator from him.   ????????

I refused but my friend calmed me down and we loaded up the refridgerator and put it in my XMILs garage. 

Less than a year later my XW moved out of our home and moved in with her geriatric Fortune 500 executive sugar/baby daddy.  My XW tried to take all of the appliances when she moved out.  Nope, those were gifts from my parents when we were married.  My XMIL freaked out.  As the appliance queen she was convinced that she had purchased our refridgerator, washer/dryer, and diswhasher.  

Karma...... 19 years after my divorce from her daughter was final my XMIL went to federal prison for embezzlement.  She had been stealing $Millions from her employer for decades.  Part of that theft...... a crap ton of appliances that she gifted to countless people or sold without paying for them.   The company was paying for the appliances that XMIL was gifting or sellign and pocketing the money.

The whole family was sued by the employer and the settlement was many $Millions.  My XW's share of the settlement to have to pay back.... $2Mil. My marriage to their daughter was long over at that point.

My amazing bride's family has issues but nothing in comparison to my crook of an XMIL.

But.... my bride's family have a combined 3 bankruptcies and 3+ home foreclosures during the course of our 25+ year marriage and most of them keep making the same stupid decisions that got them in financial trouble in the first place.  So, I don't hold my breath about their financial health.  It will all cycle again, over and over again until they start making far different decisions than the ones they seem hell bent on making. IT breaks my bride's heart.

sandye21's picture

It's bad enough you have to deal with Skids!  But some of these MILs should be put out of their misery - fast.  DH's parents died before I met him so I haven't had to deal with any of this crap.  DH's family is pretty good.  There is one SIL who is a pain in the a$$ but she has alienated most of his family so not much contact with her.  One SIL I like but can only be around her for about an hour - she likes to tell 'tales of yesteryear'.  LOL

It's MY family I had the troubles with.  My Mother kept a picture of my ex and I w/ kids up for years after I was married to DH.  I finally had to suggest she take it down.  She also made up a list of jobs for DH to do when we visited her, but refused to let me do anything because it was a 'man's job'.  One interesting Christmas was spent with my Mother, Sister, SD and her husband.  SD met her match.  I had a broken leg, was in a cast but SD and my Mother still expected me to wait on them hand and foot.  My Mother thought it was OK for me cater to her but told SD to clean up after herself.  The look on SD's face was priceless!   LOL

lintini's picture

Oh my goodness the stories I could tell about my mother inlaw.  She's a two faced, manipulative witch.  She favors SS17, 18 in a month ya'll!!!

She always bends over backwards for SS17, drops anything for him and buys him whatever he wants.  Last xmas she bought him apple wireless ear buds and my 6 month old and 2 year old got rugs. Like,  wtf?? You can't hold a conversation with her where she doesn't breathe SS's name.

The absolute best story was when we were house shopping and mil,fil and SS were with us. I was pregnant with our first baby at the time.  The three of them had dissapeared so I went to see what they were up to.  I kid you not,  fil had his tape measure out with my MIL , measuring for the LARGEST bedroom for SS. The kid who is here maybe 2 days a month.  

I was beyond upset.  I have a blog about it,  I loved a members response saying to just give him the master bedroom.  Lol. 

Mil guilts DH at all times. She always hosts functions,  and wants SS there, but never volunteers to pick SS up.  Yes he's almost 18, no job,  no car, no license. Dh works nights and SS lives 45 min away so it's not very convenient or safe if he hasn't slept yet. 

Xmas is going to be a blast.  DH usually picks ss up after work around 7am xmas morning then comes here to do xmas then we go to inlaws around noon.  This year my parents are going to be here too. Well SS told DH he will hurt Bm if he doesnt do xmas morning with her. Dh said ok well we need to go to gma and grandpa house,  have my parents,  plus his 1.5 year old and 3.5 year old half sister's to do xmas wit . How the F am I supposed to do xmas, nap ?? If at all,  then pick you up after I already was close to your house and make it on time to grandma and grandpa house? Not to mention xmas day traffic! 

Ss says let me see if BM will drive me. Haha yeah right,  she does 0 driving.  And of course,  he didn't get back to DH.

So, can you imagine showing up to xmas at MIL/FIl without the golden grandson? MIL will have a fit. I hope DH stands his ground and won't go back and get him,  but I know he will because my MIL will be so upset and DH doesnt want to hear it, plus of course he wants him over for xmas.  So we shall see how this plays out.



Rags's picture

What a great opportunty to deliver a strong message to MIL and the toxic StepSpawn.

What a great Christmas present for you, your children and your parents.  No Skid.  And hopefully a fully humbled MIL.

lintini's picture

Yes hopefully it will be great! I am so sick of how much power SS is given. I hope DH stands his ground and doesn't go back to get him.  Sorry I either pick you up at 7am or find your own way for your annual gift grab. 

Thisisnotus's picture

I'll share one that I have shared before in other posts.......

DH and I had gotten married in Christmas was about a week later. FIL and Step MIL (and at this time so was MIL) were already all crazed by DH's divorce and took it really personal....this was only the 2nd Christmas post DH's here is the story...

DH was supposed to have skids on Christmas Eve.......but BM called him that afternoon saying she needed to have skids because they had plans....he said okay fine. Keep in mind that DH and I are newly married and a blended family of 7 is just starting BM comes to pick up skids instead of them staying with DH....we find out the next day that BM picked up skids and took them to a pre-planned Christmas Eve get together at FIL and Step MIL's they didn't even invite their own SON to Christmas who was actually in possession of the the kids got taken from DH by BM for her to drive them to spend time with HIS family..........he was LIVID.

That same year DH's own mother secretly went and spent Christmas Day with BM and skids without ever telling her son. Again, we found out from skids.....crazy town! BM was horrible to DH and all the it's not like she was this nice sweet person.


Siemprematahari's picture

All different levels of fuckery here.....I'd keep far, far away from your H"s family. Nothing GOOD could ever come from being around them.


momjeans's picture

I’m in therapy, literally because of my MIL and FIL’s BS behavior.

My in-laws have acted-out A LOT over the years. Some of my favorites are:

MIL’s bout with being super divisive and backbiting in 2015 while I was pregnant with DS, our second child. It was a big mystery to DH and I why BIL, and his then fiancé (mother of his only child), didn’t attend our baby shower. MIL put on a really good show in regards to being equally clueless why they weren’t there. Come to find out, via BIL’s ex fiancé, MIL had been feeding her a bunch of lies about me. Mostly they pertained to me supposedly not liking BIL’s fiancé. In reality, MIL was just jealous that BIL’s fiancé and I were forming a close friendship. 

When I called-out my MIL for engaging in untrue gossip, she apparently cried her eyes out for days, telling me she “never had someone talk to her like that,” which resulted in my sh*tbird FIL storming into DH’s restaurant, screeching that I had “ruined Christmas.” 

Close second would be my MIL stealthily slipping past the OB nurses station at the hospital to see me and DS shortly after having a c-section, because she had to be the first person to post photos of my baby to social media, of course. It was quite the ballsy move considering I told the OB nurses I wanted zero visitors aside from DH and DD. MIL knew damn well I didn’t want her there, but there she was. In hindsight it would have been THE perfect opportunity to proverbially rip her a new one, far away from the protection of DH and FIL. I could have caused a real big scene, but was so caught up in my new baby.

Rags's picture

You should have had her arrested when she violated security in the maternity ward.  An permanent arrest record would have bee a good think to slap her with.

momjeans's picture

I know. I am forever regretful that I didn’t legally pin her arse to the wall.