(Closed) Silent treatment, Extremly hurt *LONG*

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Blegh, sorry I have no advice!  But just want to say I agree with you.. that girl’s parents could and should have come and picked their daughter up.  I don’t understand why she couldn’t take the bus home, were they drunk?  Were they just out late?  Or your Fiance could have dropped her off at her house before bringing back his nephew.  It is pretty inappropriate that she stayed over at your house.

Post # 4
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with you.  It seems like the nephew is taking serious advantage of the situation.  I’m not sure how old he is, but considering he’s not old/mature enough to get a place of his own, I would say he’s not old enough for strange girls to come sleep at his place that’s not even his place. 

Your fiance is wrong – put your foot down.  I would say – stop trying to talk to him.  It makes him think he was right and that you were wrong.  Give him the cold shoulder back and show him that you are not backing down on this.  Your nephew needs boundaries and rules.  You guys need to set them if he’s going to live there.  What if this was your kid?????  Just because it’s HIS nephew doesn’t mean he’s not living under BOTH of your roofs. 

Post # 5
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Wowza, I totally agree with you! I would definitely not feel comfortable with some random girl sleeping over in MY home, especially if she has someone that can pick her up.  I agree with PP that said you should give him the cold shoulder, he is the one at fault  here.  If you stop talking to him maybe he’ll get it through his head.

Post # 6
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

mrskopp2be this exactly!! He is acting like a child just to get you to feel bad for what you have done. Dont put up with this shit. He doesnt get to make you feel bad about this at all! He put you in a position where you couldnt voice your opinion. 

We had Darling Husband nephew live with us for 6 months! honestly it was the worst 6 months of our life together. Nephew is a grown man however. we were only supposed to be helping  him out for a month. he didnt pay rent or contribute to bills or for food. he was making 1000 a week. And to top it off went around spreading lies about Darling Husband that i hapened to find out about and fronted him and he ended up cryinng and left the next day (was a friday, went to his parents house which is 2hrs away). Told his mum and dad that i was nothing but a super bitch and had kicked him out, they havent spoken to us since. 4yrs ago!!!

honestly you guys need to agree on this. you are doing his family a favour by allowing him to live with you. Your Fiance needs to learn the differece between being a friend and being a care-giver. you are responsible for him atm. and if your not happy with a certain issue than he needs to take it into account, this is your house and your rules too!

Post # 7
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It sounds like you’ve suddenly been put into a parenting position. Understandably, you’re not quite on the same page about how you’re going to parent. You should sit down and talk about what the rules for the nephew will be.

Secondly, if you’ve told your Fiance you were sorry for fighting in front of your friend, there’s nothing else to do. Regardless of what you did, your Fiance should never give you the silent treatment. Making a marriage work is all about communicating and working together to solve problems. You may have embarrassed him, but his reaction is unacceptable. 

Post # 8
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

my fi does the silent treatment sometimes, though hes getting better at it

i just wait him out. when hes ready to talk then we discuss the issue properly. im not going to repeatedly apologise (if hes ignored initial apology) or beg for his attention

it is your (plural)place…you should both be able to discuss what you are and arent comfortable with and agree on it. its not for either of you to make unilateral decisions that affect the house

i wouldnt keep doing special things for him. id just stop talking, act normal, he’ll have to talk to you eventually (after making an honest attempt at communicating with him of course)

Post # 9
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

To me, the situation that needs dealing with isn’t the nephew so much as that your Fiance thinks that the “silent treatment” is acceptable at all.

It’s one thing to say, “I need to calm down and think about what I want to say before we discuss this,” and to postpone a serious discussion until emotions have cooled. But the silent treatment is something else… it’s not a communication tool–it’s emotional punishment. And that is way out of line and needs to be addressed. It may be that your Fiance doesn’t realize there’s a difference between these things, but you guys definitely have communication issues you need to address.

Post # 10
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You are clearly being parents in this situation, so you need to set down some parenting ground rules. The two of you should come up with the rules of the house, which your nephew needs to abide by. Clearly “no girls sleeping over without 48 hours notice” might be a good one, as “ask before you take” would be too. You both need to have a goal for your nephew by the time he leaves your house. Perhaps to finish school, or to become ready for a job, or to become responsible enough to handle himself in the “real world”.

I would argue, from what you have posted, that your Darling Husband is trying to be a friend, rather than a parent/caregiver. He needs to realize that his nephew clearly needs boundaries and rules, and that being his friend will not help his nephew in any way. Also, since there is tension at his home, which is why he is living with you two, has he sought councilling? Your post doesn’t say where you are from, but in Ontario we have G1’s and free therapy if you obtain it through your family doctor (even a walk in can refer you if you don’t have family MD). I think the nephew might need to look into this as a condition of staying.

Post # 11
2910 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Clearly there are two problems here, and the one I would be most worried about is the silent treatment thing. A mature adult doesn’t act like that — sure, if you’re upset, you might need to take half an hour or even a couple of hours to cool down before coming back at the problem from a different, fresh angle. But DAYS of refusing to speak to you? That’s unacceptable. I’d even go so far to say that it’s a (mild) form of emotional abuse. If you google it, you will find quite a few articles:



I would seriously consider going so far as to leave the home for a few days, to give yourself some time to think and some distance from your Fiance. I would want him to give some serious thought to his behavior. Your disagreement about the incident(s) with your nephew is something that’s going to happen in life, and you both need to be able to communicate through disagreements.

(I am totally on your side about the nephew incident. Not cool letting the boy, who I assume is a teenager, bring home various “girlfriends” to spend the night in your home. A long-term girlfriend who you knew would be a different situation, I assume. But complete strangers don’t get to spend the night. That’s just common sense. If your nephew left his parents’ home because he wasn’t able to do whatever the heck he liked, no wonder he prefers it at your house!)

Post # 12
12976 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have no advice, but honestly, it’s really childish of him to give you the silent treatment.  Communication is key in relationships.  He needs to grow up.  You’ve apologized, and now it’s time for him to move on!

Post # 13
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I hate to say it but any psychologist would tell you that the silent treatment is a form of emotional/mental abuse. I hope that the two of you work this out because him not talking to you like an adult as addressing the situation with his nephew as a couple, is a problem and will only show you the type of husband/father he will be. 

Post # 14
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I hope the two of you can work this out because the silent treatment can make things worse. What I will suggest is that if he needs some time by himself he says this to you and then you both agree upon a time to sit down and talk about things. His nephew living there seems to be complicating things and you and he both need to talk about the expectations and boundaries for this person living in your home. 

Post # 15
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Gee I wonder why the nephew is having problems at home.  I’m guessing that girl was underage as well, and I’d be pissed if i were you also.  Weren’t her parents worried?

As for the slient treatment, I grew up with that, so it’s really not that big of a deal.  Usually lasts aboug 3 days then you can have a talk.  This is the time for you two to be learning more about how to live with each other, perhaps it’s time to send the nephew on to somewhere else or law the law down.

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