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Why does my DIL not behave badly

(50 Posts)
ginslinger Thu 26-Dec-13 16:55:53

My DIL comes to us for christmas and mucks in with everyone and she doesn't stop me picking up my grandchildren. In fact, she has just had a really nice chat with me and thanked me for her presents. Where am i going wrong? Why can't we have a festive row like everyone else.

BIWI Thu 26-Dec-13 16:57:00

Where did it all go wrong, ginslinger? <shakes head sadly>

As a MIL i think you are to blame for this. If she's thanked you for the presents she obviously liked them - you should buy her dreadful presents instead smile

Gossipmonster Thu 26-Dec-13 16:58:05

She has probably bitched about you on here all day today wink.

ginslinger Thu 26-Dec-13 16:58:15

I even got her to do some last minute shopping for me because i hadn't been very well. Did she complain? Did she buggery.

ginslinger Thu 26-Dec-13 16:59:18

No chance for that gossip - i had her chained to the kitchen sink - she can bitch tomorrow fgrin

Amrapaali Thu 26-Dec-13 16:59:54

Did you try telling her to breastfeed if she was FF or vice-versa? That usually works...

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 26-Dec-13 17:01:00

grin

ginslinger Thu 26-Dec-13 17:01:55

Oh i never thought of that! Good idea

Your DIL obviously doesn't know about mn...keepnher away!

All you need to do is whisper in your GC ear 'Mummy doesn't know what she's doing, listen to granny and I'll give you chocolate & presents' and you'll get your row grin

Utterly Thu 26-Dec-13 17:04:44

Try criticising her cooking but massively over praising anything she has shop-bought ... you could maybe treat her like a walking womb and not enquire after her if she has already produced grand children ... duplicate presents for the children knowingly ... repeatedly cancel all trips to her house you have arranged after she has done all the hard work? All works a treat, I can assure you!

insomnicat Thu 26-Dec-13 17:08:48

Hello MIL smile Waves xx

What kind of Mother In Law are you? Not one thing you can row about?

You've let yourself down, you've let her down but most importantly, you've let Mumnset down.

::shakes head more in sorrow than anger::

I get on fabulously with my MIL, I must be a sore disappointment to her...

ImperialBlether Thu 26-Dec-13 17:11:27

Just patently ignore her. When she asks what the matter is, say that you just can't get past what she said at her wedding. Never clarify what you mean but say the fact she's pretending not to know tells you all you need to know about her character.

That should last a good few years.

Lweji Thu 26-Dec-13 17:15:07

<patiently waiting for the thread about the MIL who chained the OP to the kitchen sink>

She's probably faking all her niceness and is a bitch at heart. Call her on it.

Lweji Thu 26-Dec-13 17:16:38

Ah, tell her long stories about past events that you have told her 100 times before and don't ask her once about herself, or your grandchildren. And keep complaining about every one else. And your life.

wheretoyougonow Thu 26-Dec-13 17:18:05

Charge her for Christmas dinner. That will soon cause some upset grin

SchnitzelVonKrumm Thu 26-Dec-13 17:20:10

I have this problem with my MIL. It's almost as though she wasn't put on this earth to piss me off.

Lweji Thu 26-Dec-13 17:21:45

Charge her for Christmas dinner. That will soon cause some upset

I bet she wouldn't be upset, either. The bitch.

Anniegetyourgun Thu 26-Dec-13 17:24:47

I've got one of those DILs. Sweet, witty, artistic, sensible, cooks like an angel, diligent with the observances like cards and thank-yous, recently produced DGS who she encourages us to cuddle regularly. She's definitely up to something. Nobody who is genuinely that nice would have got themselves shackled to any son of mine.

Me too Scnitzel. Just can't get the mothers in law these days, can you?

callamia Thu 26-Dec-13 17:28:50

I sympathise. My mother-in-law is kind, generous and doesn't mind that I've spent more of Christmas sitting on my arse breastfeeding a hungry baby rather than do anything useful or helpful. She also keeps bringing chocolates and cups of tea for me.

It's like they've not read the in-law manual.

Tweenangst Thu 26-Dec-13 17:30:31

This thread wins mumsnet tonight!

ZingChoirsOfAngels Thu 26-Dec-13 17:30:48

grin

gin

you are hilarious!

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