Everyone knows that parents aren’t the easiest. And who’s even harder to deal with? Your spouse’s parents, especially if you’ve got to try and make a good impression. So, if you’ve ever found yourself wanting the ground to open up beneath you after one too many awkward comments, or willing your brain to hold your tongue for just a minute, then these people’s experiences will make you feel better. These fiendish women sure put the monster in “monster mothers-in-law!”
Better keep that to yourself, Mom!
“My mother-in-law told me the following things, without provocation: ‘Nancy, it’s not that you're fat, you’re just short,’ ‘I like you better than Kathleen (her other daughter-in-law), you don’t have a big nose,’ and ‘Nancy, does Bobby (my ex, her son) hate me? You know I didn’t want him.’” — Nancy on HuffPost
“My son will do as I please”
“I had a call from a woman whose son was getting married, and upon discussing a meeting to sign the contract I asked her whether she will come with the couple.
‘Oh, not exactly. It will be just me.’
‘I’d love to hear what the couple wants.’
‘They don’t want anything. My son will do as I please.’
‘And what about the bride?’
‘She will do what my son tells her to do, and he will do as I please.’
I chose to decline and suggested they looked for another photographer. I was still quite new to the field, and this attitude promised trouble.” — savageexplosive on Reddit
A grave warning
“My [mother-in-law] wrote her son a letter a week before we got married telling him to think very carefully about what he was doing, as he needed to be sure he was marrying someone he loved and trusted (we had been together for six very happy years at this point! ) She later walked out of our wedding in tears, drove home (seven hours away!) without saying anything to anyone, and then followed that up by emailing me saying she didn’t know what (her son) saw in me.” — DD211205 on Reddit
Too many cooks
“I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner and spent about seven to eight hours cooking. My [mother-in-law] showed up with duplicate dishes of just about everything I made (we told her to only bring two dishes, tops). When I commented that we had a lot more food than I was expecting, she said, ‘Well, we don’t really need to put yours out, do we? Just put yours in the freezer.” — Melissa Linton Ferrell on BuzzFeed