What do you think of your Mother-in-Law?

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What do you think of your Mother-in-Law?
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Wed, 10-13-2010 - 1:46pm

Did you know October 24th is Mother In-Law Day?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:09pm

My mil is a looooooooooooooooooong story that I don't intend to get into.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:10pm

What did they do to "deserve" this relationship?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:10pm

I would hope the relationship would be different as they are blood and her grandchildren.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:23pm

Dh's family is slightly spread out, us living on one end, and his sister living seven hours away, on the opposite end (everyone else lives in between).

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:26pm

Sounds like you don't have a very good relationship with your own family and find it ok for your children not to know them and that other older people are just as good a substitute for real, blood, family. Sorry about that.

Where did you get that idea?

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:29pm

That's kind of what I was thinking.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:31pm

I agree with you and that is why I have my children talk to their grandmother on the phone so they will get to have a relationship with her also.

While my children never expect a bday gift from anyone, my MIL is more like a child as every year she wants to know what SHE is getting for her bday. My dh has mentioned to her, you know my wife's bday was such and such a day and she has said, that's nice, what is she getting me for MY bday. EVERY year she wants to know what SHE is getting. She is an adult, grandmother for almost 20 years. My children are children. Birthdays are more special and exciting to them and while you might not be able to afford a gift (or even a $1 bday card-BAER), you can call them to wish them a happy birthday.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:31pm

Chestnuts

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:35pm

BUT your children get to see their grandparents and extended family on a regular basis. It is different when they don't and things like birthdays can be made more special to that child because it allows them to bond in a different way. While they don't have a physical relationship with them as they don't see them, they COULD still have an emotional one speaking on the phone, communicating with letters, emails, etc.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:36pm

You have mentioned it before.

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