Post # 1
Just like the title says…everyone has quirks obviously, and I’m sure one day I’ll drive my children nuts…but does anyone else have some strange but harmless habit their parent has that makes you just wonder what they’re thinking? I was just thinking about it because my mom is visiting over the weekend, and one of her odd habits is that every time she comes to visit she brings all of her magazines to my house. I have absolutely no idea why she does this…it’s not like she picks out ones she thinks I’ll like because of an article, and honestly I only read magazines when I’m in a waiting room…it’s just literally ALL of her magazines (like a stack of 20 every time she visits). It’s like she thinks I’m secretly running a doctor’s office out of my house. Last time she even brought her whole magazine rack filled with magazines because she bought a new rack and thought I’d like her old one.
DH’s mom has a habit of bringing bins of DH’s old junk. After she leaves, we open the bins and think why on earth would she save this, and why would she think we want it? For example, the last box contained a mix of clothing from when he was in middle school (he’s 32 now) and also included a crystal etching of him and his ex girlfriend.
Post # 2
My dad likes to wash and detail cars. Not just his car, but anyone that visits the house. So if a friend of my parents visits, the person will chitchat with my mom and my dad will be outside washing/detailing their car. He even buys special materials and cleaning products for it.
To be fair, this is a new quirk that has come with old age. It’s just so strange.
Post # 3
lula0508 : I’m guessing your mother in law wants to clean out her house. Yeah it’s junk, but it isn’t her responsibility to store his stuff from years past.
For me, my dad is…eccentric. He’s a good guy, truly, and it all comes from love, but he’s borderline bananas sometimes. For example, he and my mom are talking about building a new house and he thinks it will help make their lives “simple”. As if building a house is ever simple. He also needs back up plans for his back up plans before making a plan and if he doesn’t have a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, and G he won’t go ahead with it. He needs to flush out literally every option before getting stuff done. Which is great because he is meticulous about things but he also keeps talking about “moving forward” and he can’t because he doesn’t have backup plans for his backup plans and he gets bogged down and doesn’t do anything. It’s hard to explain.
He also worries about the oddest things, so much so that they will keep him up at night and he will only get 3-4 hours of sleep. Like when we were planning our wedding he kept on coming up with more ideas for us. Examples: he said we should have a “water” theme solely because my husband was active duty Navy for 6 years. He wanted to incorporate that theme by printing labels with our faces on them and putting them on the water bottles. He also was adament that save the dates NEEDED to be sent out, despite everyone already knowing our date due to us spreading the word. He insisted that we come to my parents’ house and take “engagement pictures” (he took them) and then we create a save the date card. Our engagement was 8 months long and we did not want to spend money on postage and printing the cards but he insisted and he said he would pay for it so we ended up having them.
My brother in law the day of the wedding turned to me and said “ljm, you are just a sea of calm, but your dad is full of all sorts of crazy today”. I’m pretty sure I had the only dadzilla on the planet haha. I have so many dad wedding stories but I don’t want this to be a novel hah.
Post # 4
My MIL and Step-MIL are both obsessed with putting all bread and bread like products in the freezer. Like whenever they visit we continually have to hide our bread in the back of he pantry so they won’t stick it in the freezer. They claim freezing it “makes it fresh” but isn’t frozen the opposite of fresh? Ugh.
My Dad and my FIL break all of our stuff being the proverbial bulls in a china shop and claim it’s the item’s fault for being too fragile/poorly made. I’m at the point now where I give my Dad plastic picnicware to eat off of because I’m tired of him smashing my glasses and chipping my plates. FIL is more of a menace with fabrics and furniture. He has gotten bleach on the carpets and my nice tea towels (WTF were you even doing with bleach?!), ruined tables by refusing to use coasters, and stank up our entire guest bedroom with eucalyptus essential oil. I haven’t been able to get the stench out after months and when I complained he literally told me that it was because my house was poorly made. Rude!
Post # 5
runnergal : Hahaha that’s such a random hobby…although I would personally love it if someone detailed my car when I stopped by their house
ljm308 : Oh I’m sure she’s partially trying to clean out the house, but DH has flat out told her that anything that’s still there can go to the dumpster or goodwill. He doesn’t want to deal with the fact that she felt the need to hoard his Tommy Hilfiger windbreakers & jnco jeans from when he was 12 and last time he finally told her if she feels the need to transport that stuff 8 hours she should know he’s not even opening the bin and is putting it straight out to the trash. Harsh…but necessary at this point.
is_a_belle : The bread thing would totally be one of those things that is relatively minor but would drive me insane.
Post # 6
lula0508 : In all honesty next time you’re there, go through his stuff that remains at her house and pack it up in bags to take to Goodwill. Cleans out her house and also prevents her from bringing stuff to your house. I know it’s a pain for you guys, but obviously she isn’t going to donate this stuff unless someone does it for her.
Post # 7
My father grows the pointer fingernail on his right hand so he can scratch his head when he’s thinking. My oldest sister cut it one day when he was sleeping and he went crazy. He did not know how to scratch his head to think without his nail… He has Aspergers so…
Post # 8
ljm308 : That would solve the problem…but I know he won’t ever do it and I’m not going to go through his old stuff. I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that she thinks nothing of packing up junk and driving it 500 miles, but can’t be bothered to bring it to the end of her driveway for garbage day.
Post # 9
My mom likes to file her nails while we are out places. One time I finally asked her to stop at a restaurant and she was so embarrassed because she never realized it was weird (and unsanitary).
Post # 10
lula0508 : my dad doesn’t care who he passes gas in front of and I HATE IT! My mom tells people I am embarrassed by daily bodily functions, so you can imagine how this bothers me. I mean seriosuly, you can not try to hold it in, or at least go to the bedroom or bathroom?
Really, I do not even like discussing with my kids what is going on with them, it is a very painstaking experience for me when they are having some kind of health problem and I have to talk to them about it. Thankfully (and surprisingly) my girls do not mind talking about their issues, the oldest even acts like a boy about it. While my son goes to either my FI or ex husband when he has personal issues, he is a lot like me when it comes to talking about these things.
Post # 11
My dad is obsessed with being the “cool guy”. He uses all the new lingo he can get his hands on but then overdoes it so badly.. “that is whack” & “cray cray” are 2 of his most favorite ones lol. I dont even use them!! My step-mom is so squirrely & anxious around people that you cant really have a decent conversation with her. She’s too busy trying to think of things to talk about that she doesnt really listen when you respond and ends up asking the same question 4-5 times!
My mom is the sweetest lady, but forgetful as all getout. She repeats the same stories 3 or 4 times. Finally after the 3rd time I’ll politely tell her that shes told me that one already haha. My step-dad has the weirdest way of putting things in the fridge/cupboards.. anything to be put away gets stacked on top of whats already in there. It doesnt matter what’s already there – the size, the shape, the stability, whether its spilly or not… all irrilelvant. His new item just gets plunked right on top. Honest to god, I have seen a bowl of soup balancing on top of a cheeseball… Whyyyyyyyyyyy
Post # 12
My parents have a habit of putting paper towels in the sink and it drives me insane. Like they’ll wipe down the counter and then just throw the paper towel in the sink. People put other stuff in the sink and then I have to fish out soggy dirty paper towels to throw away when I do the dishes. My parents are going to be staying with us for a few months this fall and they’ve already been warned about putting paper towels in the sink.
My mother also has an obsession with doing her feet. Like she’s always filing the nails, painting the nails, sanding down her heels (making foot skin dust) and she always does it out in the open, not in a bathroom or over a tub or anything. It grosses me out so bad.
Post # 13
My mom also repeats the same stories every time I talk to her.
Post # 14
I love this thread so much.
My step father is from another country and has a very noticeable accent. After several years together, my mother picked up some of his accent and strange little phrases so when I was in college, people who met her were always asking me, “Where’s your mother from?” and then they looked confused when I was like “Wisconsin.”
My father has a thing about all of the light switches going the same direction. We tease him because he’ll run up and down the stairs in the house, flipping switches to make sure they’re properly aligned.
My step-mother randomly puts things in the wrong place in the house. We’ve found her glasses in the freezer, milk in the cabinet, odd things in the linen closets. She’s done it for years so we now have a word in our family for the action of making bizarre and funny mistakes.
My MIL likes to garden in the nude (I’ve been told) and also has this amazing and fascinating ability to connect with wild animals (I have witnessed). I think she might secretly be a Senior Disney Princess.
One of my FILs has a magnificently loud voice- He’s a performer and plays the role of the MC a lot because of his volume. Only thing is that he projects whether he’s outside performing for a crowd or in the house in the kitchen . . . in the morning. Sometimes my MIL just puts her hands over her ears and walks away while he’s talking. Wherever she’s going, she’s still going to hear him. It’s pretty hilarious.
Post # 15
My mom gives me a crazy amount of clothes that are too big and aren’t my style. I have boxes and boxes of things she’s given me over the years.