Handling entitled MIL

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 2
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Family Farm

I do not think you owe her anything. She chose to be a mother and give and make sacrifices, she doesn’t get to hold those gifts over her sons head. A gift is a gift, not a debt to be collected later.

Do not give her your album. That is a beautiful gift from your parents. Don’t be nervous. Remember that she is acting like a child having a tantrum. You can’t give into tantrums. If she continues to pester and whine, calmly reiterate that she can absolutely buy an album if she wants. Your parents bought an album in a sense. Remind her that you are happy to order duplicates but are not giving away a gift from your parents. Just keep reminding and give no ground.

SOOOOOOO sorry you have to deal with this.

Post # 3
2930 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sticking to your guns now will cause less problems later. Any person you give in to because they whine loud enough (it doesn’t mater if it is a parent or a two year old) learns that this is the way they get stuff from you. The more often you stand your ground, the less that it will happen in the future.

Also, my MIL if she acted like that would have to pry my wedding album from my cold, dead hands.

Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee

You don’t owe this nutjob a thing. Your parents paid good money for those pictures so it’s pretty obvious that they would get the other album. This woman sounds like she has major issues. Is your husband an only child? There’s something about crazy moms with only one son. 

Post # 5
3841 posts
Honey bee

Your MIL sounds like an entitled lady.  Don’t feed that entitlement.  Have your DH keep her in check.,

Post # 8
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Family Farm


lolalulu_24: You are going to have to let us know how this all plays out.

BRAVO to the husband! That is wonderful!

Post # 9
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

i’m sorry you are going through this. What your guy did sounds perfect for the situation and takes guts! Good luck tomorrow! 

Post # 10
43300 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s so nice to see a husband who can stand up to his mother in a perfectly reasonable and polite manner.

I agree with the pp who said that drawing a line now may save you even more hassle in the future. Obviously this behavior has worked for her in the past, or she wouldn’t continue acting like this.

Post # 11
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

lolalulu_24:  My parents paid for our wedding, and the photographer.

When we got the photos in, I sent both of our sets of parents the digital files, and I put together a shutterfly album. I ordered 3 of the album, one for us, one for my parents, and one for his parents. We gave the albums in lieu of thank you notes for hosting the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and raising us to be the right people for each other.

Luckily, we didn’t deal with parents getting panties in a bunch about the arrangements before the wedding and were able to surprise our parents with the gifts.

Post # 12
527 posts
Busy bee

Good for your husband! Yay! My MIL is pretty much like yours and I’m awfully proud of my DH, too.

Advice? Do not give in. She’ll walk away thinking she “won” and can still control her son as if he is 16. Things will only get worse if you do. Stay polite and continue to let your husband deal with his mother. 

If only more mothers would understand they aren’t losing a son, they are gaining a daughter. Unfortunately, many manage to push both son and daughters in law away with their antics.

Post # 13
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - The Old Courthouse in Cleveland

lolalulu_24:  Holy cow! I think your husband’s response was perfect. It is unfortunate that she really is hurt by it, but bottom line is- you really don’t owe her half of the pictures and an album or really anything else. As someone else mentioned, I think it is vital that you maintain position (obviously in a very respectful manner) in order to prevent these problems in the future. When you met with vendors to discuss cost and she wasn’t invited, did you ever tell her that it was because you were discussing money? Did she ever offer to help pay for the photos? Are there things she offered to pay for that were not “traditionally” paid for by the grooms family? Not that these things would necessarily mean that you owe her anymore, but some people really do look at it that way. 

I don’t think it is right for her to feel entitled either way. But I could see if she shelled out a good amount of money, her feeling like the photos would be a “thank you”. Though I think that 10 photos would be a great “thank you”. As annoying it is (I have a similar situation), just try to remember that your mother in law obviously loves her son and you and is proud and wants to cherrish your special day by having an album and photos. As frustrating as it is, try to also consider it endearing that she feels that way and wants to share your excitement. 

Post # 14
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

lolalulu_24:  Sadly, there seems to be so many of these types of posts on WB. It’s such a shame really because it’s very hard to provide any significant advice or guidance. Every story has three versions – yours, theirs and the truth which, in my experience, falls somewhere in the middle of yours and theirs. Is there ANY truth to her assertion that you do more for your family (visit them more, include them in your life more with frequent communication, etc) and the wedding/wedding photo issues are a behavioural manifestations of her (and even possibly your FIL) feelings?

Post # 15
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

lolalulu_24:  Ya know normally I read these and think “wow, I don’t care how great the guy is, I would not marry into that,” but in this case, major high five to your husband for really taking care of business.  And high five to you for patiently putting up with all of this and letting your husband handle it, his family his responsibility!  It sounds like he’s totally living up to his end of the deal and that’s pretty rare and awesome.  So I have no other advice than to high five your man, and yourself.  Oh, and his poor sister will probably need a bottle of wine or 27 when it’s her turn.

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