by an Anonymous Mom


Here it goes.

I cannot and I repeat cannot STAND my mother-in-law!!!

Here are just a few reasons why.

1. She shows up unexpected time and time and time again. I have told her to call beforehand and she interpreted as call when she is three minutes from my house (after she has driven 30 minutes to get here).

2. She feels the need to do our grocery shopping. So when she does show up, she has brought groceries with her. The neighbours must wonder why a 70-year-old woman is lugging boxes of water and grocery bags to our front door before ringing the doorbell and why two idiotic people inside cannot go shopping on their own or at least carry the bags in from the car! UGH!

3. The mop. Believe it or not, she carries a dust mop in the trunk of her car and when I am not around (ie. when she’s babysitting my kid), she whips it out and dusts our floors! I know because my son tells me!

4. So I’ve asked her not to show up unexpected.  She still shows up but won’t come inside until I notice she is trimming my lawn outside! She carries a lawn trimmer in her trunk too.

5. She uses our dirty towels to dust down the bathrooms.

6. She washes dishes and puts them away with dirt still on them.

7. She washes our laundry. No thanks. I don’t like my whites mixed with darks and I don’t want her touching my underwear!

I have lots more but ding dong! Guess who is here?

Editor’s note: Any advice and/or words of wisdom for this anonymous mom?

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Elise Ronan Reply

    Your husband needs to grow a pair of balls and lay down the law to your MIL

    • I completely agree. Your husband needs to speak to his mother privately and set boundaries. “Mom this is our house and our family, you need to be more respectful of OUR lives.” He absolutely should not throw you under the bus. This is an an issue for both of you.

  2. Yes you MIL is overstepping her boundaries and I think your husband needs to have a nice chat with her and lay down some rules. But you must admit, it’s kind of funny! I think it’s sweet to have a MIL who brings groceries, watches the kids and cleans your floors!

  3. my monster in law just turned up and decided to move into our house!!! what’s worst than that?! oh I must not forget, she brought along his other son who is already 26 years old and decided that this favorite son of hers should live with us too! my husband’s grandparents moved in too. I’m okay with the grandparents because they’re the ones who took care of my husband when his mom left him when he was just 2 years old. but my MIL and his other son, I can’t stand anymore.

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