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To be annoyed with father in law (sorry a bit long but I needed to vent)

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Nocturne123 Mon 10-Feb-14 10:24:27

Basically the issues started when my dd was born (9 months now) .

My father in law took it upon himself to take my newborn baby out of my arms on so many occasions that my dh had to tell him he was making me claustrophobic and that as a new mother I was very protective .He acted like a massive child and wouldn't speak to my dh for a couple of days after this .i didn't say anything myself as I thought this would cause more issues.

It calmed down slightly over the next couple of months but now every time we visit dh's parents fil takes dd away to another room to play with her by himself ! Nothing untoward at all just strange and quite rude ! Mil is lovely and will chat away to me and as such misses out on time with dd as fil seems obsessed!

Things came to a head yesterday when he actively took her to a different room when I walked in ! My dh knows it bothers me and he hates that I feel this way and that fil does this . He emotionally blackmails dh quite a lot which I absolutely hate !

Am I being completely unreasonable to resent this?

youmustbejoking75 Mon 10-Feb-14 18:07:37

Tell him!

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Mon 10-Feb-14 15:21:46

Thankfully dp did step up in the end but that was after months of stress and tears

we see this on thread after thread, people are afraid to rock boats, confront nad I have also had problems with it...

I think it should be taught in schools, how to make points heard and listened to and so on. so many people suffer because they are to afraid to speak out.

Mishmashfamily Mon 10-Feb-14 14:50:14

My dp tried speaking to his DM but was afraid of hurting her feelings so it came out weak and sounded silly and she just laughed it off. It actually took me dealing with it to show her I was in charge of DD.

I felt that intimidated by it, I practised what I was going to say/do, so the min I felt she was over stepping boundaries,I stepped up. Which I wish I had done forcefully enough when I was pregnant as mil tormented me over issues. Thankfully dp did step up in the end but that was after months of stress and tears. Life's just too bloody short.

I think on this occasion , you deal with it in regards to leaving it to dh.

Get your mamma bear on!

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Mon 10-Feb-14 14:33:19

I wouldn't discourage it too firmly if I were you- the day will come when you'll be very glad of a grandparent wanting to take your DD off of your hands at family occasions wink

I would rather have the child than hand over to a GP that sulks and gets moody when he can't be alone with the baby.

I don't think its normal/acceptable behaviour.

I really think someone needs to ask this man face to face why do you need to be alone with this child.

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Mon 10-Feb-14 14:31:40

Interesting you say your fil may be regretting not spending more time with your dh when he was a baby

I still do not understand why this means taking baby to a different room...how this means it more quality time and so on...

FWIW what parent who spent most of time working doesn't regret that at some point...I still do not get why taking the baby to a different room some how quells this.

SaucyJack Mon 10-Feb-14 13:47:48

Have you considered giving him a time limit on it so he gets his one-to-one time without spoiling everyone else's fun?

I wouldn't discourage it too firmly if I were you- the day will come when you'll be very glad of a grandparent wanting to take your DD off of your hands at family occasions wink

ProfYaffle Mon 10-Feb-14 13:39:54

My Dad used to do exactly the same thing with dd1. Interesting you say your fil may be regretting not spending more time with your dh when he was a baby. I'm an only child and my parents had me when they were young which was very difficult for them. I know my Dad regrets not spending more time with me as a baby and feels he blinked and missed his only crack at 'the baby years'. Maybe this is why they do it.

It was very difficult for us but luckily for me my dh is quite blunt. He'd go and find Dad and fairly lightly ask him to bring dd1 back in so we could all play with her.

Once she got to about 2 it stopped because she was mobile, vocal and could express herself. I remember the last time he did it, we were all sitting on a steam train and Dad suddenly picked up dd1 and went and sat halfway down the carriage on his own with her. She immediately just slipped off the chair and raced back to us. He never tried it again.

Dd1 is now almost 10, my parents have returned to normal and thankfully that crazy babyhood phase is a distant memory.

Nocturne123 Mon 10-Feb-14 13:38:03

Definitely jacknonereacher ! I'll just have to man up !

JackNoneReacher Mon 10-Feb-14 13:26:25

Whilst I prefer hopalongs suggestion, maybe you'd be more comfortable with what whiteblossom suggests.

YANBU, his behaviour is odd.

Or you could try something like "I'd rather she play here with all of us" if he persists step it up with something like "Please bring her back to the other room where we can all enjoy her".

I know its hard sometimes to 'confront' things like this but it sounds like you will (politely) have to.

Perhaps its good that you do? There are bound to be other times when you have to speak up about something that is happening regarding your baby and it will be good to have a warm up on your FIL.

whiteblossom Mon 10-Feb-14 13:05:48

OP I find this weird too. If he continues after your dh has had a word then you must be clear with FIL, that it stops.

I would be upfront but speak lightly. So when he gets up to take baby out the room just say

"oh where are you taking baby fil [smile}"
If he says something along the lines of " just to play in other room"
the reply
" smile I'd like baby to stay in here with the rest of us please"
If he says I wont be long etc
reply
"smile As ive just said, I'd like her to stay in here with all of us"

If FIL persists then say "Dh has already explained that I feel uncomfortable with baby being taken away, Im happy for you to play with baby but there is no reason why you must take her out"

bodygoingsouth Mon 10-Feb-14 12:42:08

op don't want to elaborate but definatly understand the situation. it gets better as soon as the child is mobile as kids move around constantly and you will find fil gets less keen if he had to keep chasing a toddler.

he's doing it to annoy you and it's control. he wants to be the popular grand parent. it won't work as kids don't work like this.

in the meantime I wouldn't visit them. make them come to you. if he starts to take her out say firmly no dd is staying in here. take her back off him. don't allow him control.

much easier in your own home.

another good trick is placing your chair blocking the exit. so you all settle in the one room and then you block the door. just don't move.

Nocturne123 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:34:26

Thanks bump kitty - dd is the first gc too so I think that exacerbates the situation . I'm glad your situation eventually sorted itself out though .

BumpKitty Mon 10-Feb-14 12:30:01

OP - I don't know what to suggest as I haven't handled my situation very well. All I can say is that it does get a bit better in that DD can now say who she wants to play with and can get away from him herself! She much prefers her nanny (MIL) and her other Grandad - so it doesn't do them much good in the end smile

Nocturne123 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:27:28

Bump kitty that sums it up ! Poor mil is too nice and polite so just spends time taking to me like a human being instead of obsessing over dd . Which isn't fair on her either but I guess that's their own issue to deal with .

BumpKitty Mon 10-Feb-14 12:20:26

It's not so much creepy more completely selfish. I'd say it was like if I took a fun game round to their house and FIL wants all the fun to himself so, like a toddler would, he takes the game off so he doesn't have to share as he is the most important person so should get what he wants.

Nocturne123 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:20:11

Bump kitty I think that's the problem that nobody has ever said no to him before and when something was said he reacted like a spoilt child . Not very becoming for a man in his 50s .

I'd rather play here - that's exactly the way it should be re your df ! Happy to play away regardless of who
Is about .

Littleen - no he doesn't listen to his son and that annoys me a lot . He's a great parent and deserved some respect when he managed to speak on my behalf .

BumpKitty Mon 10-Feb-14 12:14:44

I've occasionally said things to my FIL and it is like I've told off a child, he is so shocked at being confronted as nobody ever stands up to him.

Littleen Mon 10-Feb-14 12:06:00

I'd find the whole thing pretty creepy about taking the baby to another room! You just have to tell him yourself, as he clearly does not listen to his son.

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Mon 10-Feb-14 12:04:51

If he is so inconsiderate of your feelings, frankly he is not going to be considerate of DD's feelings either

This is what concerns me when I hear of anyone riding so roughshod over parents feelings, what on earth are they going to do to the child's feelings...

I also hate this competitiveness between one set of Gps and the other.

My own PILS tried to pull this on us even though DC saw them regularly. AND and Fil admitted he rarely when to visit his own parents with the children so DH didn't know his paternal GP very well. They still moaned about my dp seeing dc...marginally more.

You need to start being firm yourself, I am sorry DH but we are not going there again until we have a plan to get this issue under control.

Then FIL really will have something to moan about, but as said before, i think its ab normal behaviour.

FWIW my DF has mobility issues and as such has never been alone with DC and lives a long way away, he has been very happy to sit at a table and paint with them, draw....with us all round...no complaints and if he has any...he has never voiced them.

Nocturne123 Mon 10-Feb-14 11:54:39

Bumpkitty - exactly ! It can all seem
Reasonable if there was a toy or something in the other room but more often than not he takes her away to let her pull leaves off mils plants !

Id rather play here - you're right once a week is loads . I think my dh thinks it's unfair that dd sees my DM more as I am a sahm and she doesn't work until the afternoons so I do spend a lot of time with her , for a bit of company and support but that's just the way it is .

Feelinggrinchy - you're right she is a person too and I do hate seeing her being passed around like a parcel .

I honestly thought after the first time dh said something it would stop but it seems it fell on deaf ears . sad

Nousernameforme Mon 10-Feb-14 11:49:39

Would just not going be an option? Your DH has had a word and it did no good and changed nothing so why put yourself through the stress and worry of what to say and what his reaction might be.
When he ask's why you haven't been keeping up with the usual visits I would say someone who leaves a room everytime i enter it makes me feel very unwelcome.

BumpKitty Mon 10-Feb-14 11:48:00

Arrgh I feel your pain you could be talking about my FIL. I am not an unassertive person but it is so hard to say anything as it is the controlling behaviour that is behind what he is doing that is wrong so he can just easily say something like, 'I was just showing her something' or even, 'I just wanted to spend a bit of time with her' and he'll sound reasonable because if a normal person was saying it it would be reasonable.
Also it can sound like you are implying something untoward is going on, I am now stuck in a situation where my DH thinks I am calling his father a child abuser because I feel so uncomfortable with how FIL is with my DD.

FeelingGrinchy Mon 10-Feb-14 11:46:32

If I were you, I wouldn't wait for your DH to say something, I would say something to FIL myself. You are a human being and the baby's mother and just as entitled to speak to FIL as DH is!

I thought Puddock put it perfectly:
<i>next time you go, make it clear that you're going to all stay in one room. No need to get defensive or bring MIL into it, just make it clear how you'd like things to be. Be pleasant, be polite, but be prepared to leave if your wishes are not being respected.</i>

"Excuse me, FIL, I would like DD to stay in this room with all of us, please. Thank you." And if he protests or tries to leave: "No, sorry, I'm not happy with that, stay in this room with DD please".

You don't have to say why, you are her mum. If he is so inconsiderate of your feelings, frankly he is not going to be inconsiderate of DD's feelings either. It's in her best interests to stay where you can see her. Your daughter is not an object to be shared round, she is a person too.

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Mon 10-Feb-14 11:44:28

If you cant say anything yet, I would suggest you say to your DH that you are simply not going there.

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Mon 10-Feb-14 11:43:27

Op your not being difficult in the slightest and I am sorry but a grown man insisting on whisking a baby away to another room, alone is not normal.

However doctor even if op was the most difficult woman in the whole world...it still doesn't diminish the point that a grown man has gone gaga over this baby.

Op it sounds un hinged to me. Very un hinged.

He sees her every week without fail but still said infront of dh that he didn't see her very much which made dh feel awful

I think you need to help your DH get some perspective on this, there is no set time or rule how often GP get to see GC and once a week is amazing, I only saw mine a couple of times a year as we lived a long way away and there were so many of us, I don't think they cared that much.

I don't feel like I missed out on one on one room time with my GF.

You need to get across to your DH that it not normal behaviour.

That it needs tackling and nipping the in the bud.

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