Dealing with a momma's boy

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Not sure what to suggest, but this is one of the reasons why I wanted to date an older guy after my last relationship with a 20something!

How close are you to his mom? Could you try talking to her?

It’s hard to know what to do. I think she raised him wrong TBH… in my opinion, good moms raise their boys to be independent and not have to rely on a woman (their wife or their mom) to do stuff like cleaning and laundry.

The way I see it is either he has to WANT to cut the cord, or you have to take over the mom duties (which I don’t recommend!).

Post # 5
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mattsgirl813:  The obviusly get along pretty well if she is doing all this stuff for her Matthew….eww.

He seriously needs to cut the cord a bit. It is hard for mom’s. Did she become this way after you guys got engaged or has she been this way even while you dated? My MIL got way more clingy after we became engaged. She continued just after we got married but then started to back off becuase she realized she wasn’t #1 in his life anymore.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mattsgirl813:  I am going to chalk this up to my same situation: mama is gettin’ clingy. My DH at least realized this and it got better, and it may get better for you after you’re married, but moving closer may make it worse, I don’t know. We have always lived an hour and a half away. I think she is just seeing that she isn’t #1 anymore.

Like me, you’re dealing with a very sensitive situation that I don’t think you can change unless your FI wants it to change. Your situation is a little bit touchier becuase it seems your Fi hasn’t really grown up. My MIL just wanted DH to spend the night every weekend and be home, but he never expected his laundry done or anything.

What is your FI’s parent’s relationship like? I only ask becuase that is another reason my DH’s mom is clingy. Her relationship with FIL sucks. They won’t get divorced, but they don’t get along and they have no love for each other.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@mattsgirl813:  I could never a mama’s boy. I can’t respect men who won’t cut the apron strings. You should be his priority, not his mother. What he should have said when she wanted to change your booking was, “WE already made the decision and are going with x, but thanks for the offer.” You can’t make someone change and maybe the behaviour is too engrained to do anything about. Unless he wants to make it happen, it won’t.

You said you have talked to him about it, but it’s time to be firm. Does he want to spend the rest of his life with you, or with his mom? I would not spend the rest of my life dealing with her being overbearing and overly involved in my life (considering you two are a unit, she will be bothering both of you, not just him). He needs to stand up to her and based on your description, I’m not sure he will :-

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@megz06:  What did your husband say about spending weekends with his mother?! Good lord, it sounds like a custody arrangement. My mother was never like that to my brothers. I can’t even imagine.

Post # 11
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsPanda99:  This continued about 3 months after we were married (maybe even a bit longer). She would beg us or him to come spend the night on the weekends. He just had to tell her that even though we (he and I) spend every day together, it is nice to have the weekends to just us. When she didn’t get it, he got a little more bold and said, “Mom, no 28 year old man spends the night at his mommy’s anymore when he has a wife. Sorry.” I was SUPER proud of him for that!! Lol. I was not opposed to spending some weekends there, but she NEVER comes to visit us and two, when we go there she doesn’t really want to spend time with us or DH. She wants us to do stuff her husband won’t help her do.

 

@mattsgirl813:  Man, this is a tough situation. I guess the most you can do is talk to DH and try to make him aware of how unhealthy this is becoming for a mature adult. Doing his laundry and going to talk about rehearsal stuff when it is YOUR wedding too is just not cool.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Free Xbox? Free lunch money? I wouldn’t care. I would try not to take it personally.

As for the rehearsal dinner, isn’t it traditionally the groom’s family that hosts it?

That said, I get where you are coming from. Since you already booked a place for the rehearsal dinner, I would definitely talk to her about it. Not through your FI, but directly to her in a polite way.

Post # 13
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3476 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No advice, but why do you do laundry every day?!  In any event, it sounds like you’re trading in one mommy for another if you’re just fighting with his mom for the “right” to do things for him like making lunches and doing laundry.

Post # 15
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1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mattsgirl813:  This is something I think you need to talk to your FI about each time a situation comes up where the MOM is over-stepping her boundaries.  Show him examples, tell him why it makes you upset, and come to an agreement about what the resolution should be (for now and/or next time that happens).  Your FI needs to realize he is becoming YOUR husband and you and him need to have each other’s back over any other relationship.  Yes, him and his mother will still have a special bond, but YOU are his #1 and you two are the ones building the life and family together.  It will only get worse if he doesn’t start seeing and changing his ways by setting boundaries now. Just remember to be calm, understanding and honest when you talk to him, and make sure he sees that it is hurtful to your guys’ relationship.  Good luck!

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