If you've been around "Weddings" on the internet the last couple of days you will have seen or at least have heard about the mother-in-law who basically slated her daughter-in-law-to-be..... not a nice thing to do.
Obviously she hadn't banked on it going viral but hey, guess what, sometimes these things just take on a life of their own and the world knows what you've done!
Why do Mothers-In-Law have such a bad reputation for being interfering, nosy busy-bodies??
We've looked and we can't find the 'source' where MIL's, as soon as they became a MIL turned into the aforementioned. I guess everyone feels they're entitled to an opinion, free speech and all that, but when you start taking over events and wanting things done your way, you've gone a step too far.
I was blessed with my MIL, who said to me when we announced our engagement that she wasn't my MIL but wanted to be my friend. She was a huge part of our lives, our children's lives, and has left a huge hole now that she's no longer with us. We have the best of memories & chat about her daily so I guess she's really still with us!
We all want the best for our children but we have to be able to stand back and let them make their own mistakes. Making a mistake once is how we learn but to make the same mistake twice is just careless. Of course, you don't want to see your child, although now an adult, walking up the aisle professing their love and loyalty to someone who will neither (a) reciprocate or (b) deserves it!
They are ways and then 'there are ways' of getting your point across without back-biting or having a stand up row! I guess when my time comes to be a MIL, like it or not, I'll have to take a back seat & won't be No. 1 in my child's life anymore but that doesn't have to be a bad thing either. Isn't in everyone's best interest to get along? If you don't have a good working relationship with your in-laws, what will happen when children come along? You won't let them visit or when they do there will be a frosty atmosphere in the house? You really think the kids won't pick up on that? Because of YOUR actions, you're influencing their opinons and actions towards their grandparents.....
So for all those interferring MIL's, take a deep breath, step back, see what it's like to be in your daughter-in-laws shoes and maybe you might just change your mind and have a real relationship with her and not just a 'daughter-in-law'.
For the daughters-in-law, be honest with yourself and think back to when all this animosity started. What's the root cause of it? Can you fix it? Take the higher road... if nothing else, you'll feel better because at least you tried.
Life is just too short and you know what.... you can never have enough friends!