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lakeofshiningwaters Wed 05-Sep-12 11:30:39

Not sure if this has been done before, but just thinking about a famous-in-our-family story when I was reading the baby names thread made me wonder what if mumsnet had been around when our grandparents were parents...

AIBU to be cross with my DH for giving ds2 a completely different name to the one we had chosen. I packed him off to register little one this morning calling baby Alan. He came home telling me 'This isn't Alan, I've picked a new name'. A name he'd found in a book someone left behind on the bus! Noone's going to be able to spell it either angry. Do I need some mumsnet perspective here, or AIB reasonable to want to string him up by his winkle tie?

PS Use of word winkle to stop Nana spinning in her grave. In RL she would've used a much much different one smile

MardyBra Wed 05-Sep-12 11:55:50

Christmas: DCs are bored with a satsuma and a piece of coal. Any stocking suggestions?

GummiberryJuice Wed 05-Sep-12 11:57:52

AIBU to leave my new baby swaddled with a bottle in his pram in the corner of the back garden while I go to shop

Apparently she did this all the time because it was a 10min walk up a steep hill with a big heavy silvercross pramhmm

No wonder my dads family have issues grin

fruitysummer Wed 05-Sep-12 11:58:55

Another one here who's Grandpa (and Uncle) changed the name of Baby without telling Granny on the way to register Baby. They were actually right to as it happens, my dad very much suits his name!

Also - AIBU to 'poison' my daughter with candied peel which she hates becuase she keeps helping herself to all the other dried fruits and nuts when she thinks i'm not looking?

Aibu to have not realised I was pregnant even after having 4 kids and therefore have to put the baby in a drawer as i've no room?

AIBU to absolutely detest anything Japanese after being a POW and refuse to speak to my Brother as he's bought a Datsun even though it's the only car he can afford for his family

Groovee Wed 05-Sep-12 11:59:11

AIBU about the fact my mother is toxic and spoils my brother who is 7 years older and makes me eat every last thing on my plate by reheating until I eat it all while he gets treated like a king and doesn't need to eat anything he hates?

AIBU to really wish pre-eclampsia hadn't caused me to never have another baby?

AIBU that I have to care for my incapacitied parents while my DB and SIL swan off living the life of Reilly?

AIBU to think SIL is shagging around behind my DB's back while he is at war?

AIBU that my SIL's are toxic and DH doesn't see it?

Ilovedaintynuts Wed 05-Sep-12 11:59:40

My Granny would say

"AIBU to deny my DH sex the day after I've given birth? I've had 7 babies in 8 years, have been constantly breast feeding in that time and vomited every day in each of my pregnancies. I just can't manage any more babies sad "

She ended up with 9 children, the last one had Down's syndrome and my grandfather was so disgusted he finally stopped pestering her for sex and when they did have sex he used the withdrawal method. He didnt want another 'mongol'. He was allegedly insatiable (and clearly a complete bastard).

We must never forget how far we women have come in just a few generations.

AbsofAwesomeness Wed 05-Sep-12 12:00:54

Telly Addicts (different Grandmother) "My DD is getting upset that I relate all life advice I give to her to stuff that happened in Loving. She's being unreasonable right?"

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 05-Sep-12 12:02:09

AIBU to make DH fry his smelly kippers in the garage?

(She really did make him use an electric ring on his work benchhmm)

sixlostmonkeys Wed 05-Sep-12 12:02:40

Aibu to think my dh should not be stepping out with the woman over the road while I'm in bed dying of the TB?

AbsofAwesomeness Wed 05-Sep-12 12:03:24

Great-Grandmother "AIBU to cut off all my daughter's hair before we go on the ship to move to a new country, as I can't be bothered with the upkeep, even though they'll get teased and called "boys" when they start at a new school?" - Grandma was traumatised by that

Thistledew Wed 05-Sep-12 12:11:02

AIBU to leave my two under 10 DDs at home alone at night when I go out to work a night shift? There are other adults sleeping next door in the nurses accommodation.

AIBU to tie my youngest DD's hands to the bed at night to stop her scratching her eczema?

(both mum's mum sad)

CupsofTeaAndHandfulsOfCake Wed 05-Sep-12 12:13:18

My nan would have asked
'Am I being unreasonable to marry a young man I just met 3 week ago? Because I am going to in 3 weeks'
However it ended well and they were married 52 years until my lovely grandad passed away.
Their marriage was a happy one and they were truly in love.

Thistledew Wed 05-Sep-12 12:15:16

And on a lighter note, from dad's mum of her 4 DSs:

AIBU to look on fondly whilst my two older DSs use the youngest DS as a rugby ball to practice their passes? 18 month old youngest DS seems to enjoy it. grin

TunipTheVegemal Wed 05-Sep-12 12:15:47

AIBU to send my 3yo to school on the bus on his own every day? I need to go out to work because dh has died and the headmistress has said she'll take him early. The bus driver has promised to keep an eye on him and see he gets off at the right stop.

AllPastYears Wed 05-Sep-12 12:28:33

My grandma:

AIBU to refuse to babysit my grandchildren, and to make life hell for hired babysitters (I live at the same house). I don't believe parents should go gadding about when they've got small children.

AIBU to think that 8pm is time for people to be coming home not going out (gadding about...)?

AIBU to expect my grandchild to wear corsets?


Poledra Wed 05-Sep-12 12:36:47

Maternal grandma:

WIBU to make DP walk me home during the Clydebank Blitz? The air-raid wardens wanted us to go into a shelter but my DF would kill me if I missed my curfew. DP reckons we're lucky that the Germans didn't make good on DF's threat...

festivalwidow Wed 05-Sep-12 12:57:35

My favourite crooner is playing a local venue. I had a look at the ticket prices and they're awfully expensive for what they are (not even proper seats!). However, I've scouted out the building and I reckon if I brought a ladder I could sneak in through the toilet window and save myself a fortune. WIBU or is it too much of a risk? I'm not telling the DCs - it would play havoc with their nerves..

Punk rock, my gran grin

MrsKeithRichards Wed 05-Sep-12 13:04:14

Am I being unreasonable not to want my son to marry this divorcee who already has 2 children? There was a lot of actual pearl clutching going on.

SoleSource Wed 05-Sep-12 13:08:45

AIBU to object to my GD reading newspapers?

gordyslovesheep Wed 05-Sep-12 13:10:22

My nan would have done

AIBU to marry a man I have known for 3 weeks before he goes off to D Day?

AIBU to be cross that my DH checked through the window of our PFB's bedroom when I was leaving her to cry as you are supposed to. (Okay so her head WAS stuck between the cot bars)

AIBU to be upset that my DH is cross that I cleaned his pipe collection in hot soapy water - apparently his home grown 'tobacco' has nice resin which he was saving?

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Wed 05-Sep-12 13:14:46

AIBU to think that as I'm pregnant I'm entitled to extra milk rations? I think I am but the milkman says I'm not and is only giving me the usual allowance.

Poledra Wed 05-Sep-12 13:18:33

Paternal grandmother:

AIBU to insist that DS1 does not have to leave school at 14 if he doesn't want to? The school think he is doing very well and could even be university material! However, DH thinks that DS would be better off getting a job and bringing in some money. But nobody else in our family has ever been to university and I want to give DS every opportunity that we didn't have to better himself. We can manage it financially (just!) and there are bursaries to help.

<For the record, DGM won this one, and my dad did her proud, with a university degree and v. successful career>

WilsonFrickett Wed 05-Sep-12 13:25:44

We take our GDG everywhere with us, but she's a very poor traveller. My DIL says we should stop smoking in the Datsun, but I think she is just mollycoddling my grand-daughter and she usually stops vomiting by the time we've been in the car for 5 hours or so. Should I just tell my DIL that smoking never harmed anyone and to butt out? After all, we're providing free childcare. WWYD?

Namechangegalore Wed 05-Sep-12 13:27:39

This is one my maternal grandmother would have written:

AIBU to keep having babies at my age?

I'm in my mid 40's My eldest daughter is married and in her early 20's. DD says she's embarrassed of me getting pregnant the same time as her. She's given me 2 DGC, and I've given her 2 Dsiblings at same time (give or take a few months). I've got 10 kids all together...should I stop getting pregnant everytime DD is pregnant?

SoleSource Wed 05-Sep-12 13:28:02

Aibu to go on a date with a Black man in public, I love him,.he loves me, we want to be together forever.

CaseyShraeger Wed 05-Sep-12 13:42:34

Great-grandmother: AIBU to keep plugs in all the sockets in the house at all times to stop the electricity escaping?

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