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To feel 'railroaded' in these Mother's Day plans?

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Snufflebabe Fri 08-Mar-13 16:58:09

Spoke with PIL yesterday, who said that they would see us on Sunday, for Mother's day as DH and BIL were organising something for MIL. Lunch or dinner, but they were organising it. No mention of me, or what MY plans, as mother of a 2year old DD might be.

Bumped into SIL (wife of BIL) today who told me that a table was booked In restaurant on Sunday afternoon. I asked if BIL had spoke with my DH and she said no, he had just gone ahead and made the plans, counting us into the numbers.

AIBU to just want to scream "Errrrrr, hello. I am a mother too and I might just like to spend some time wit my OWN family, rather than being TOLD how to spend Mother's day."

I'm pregnant and possibly just hormonal but I just feel no-one has said to me" hey, what are your plans so you too can have some special time on Mother's Day."

Grrrrrrr. I'm not even fussed about Mother's Day, I'm just annoyed that the plans have been made for me!

Jux Fri 08-Mar-13 18:50:18

What would you have liked to do on Mother's Day?

You do realise that it's actually nothing to do with mums, but to do with the Mother church of the district, when everyone was expected to go to the main church, rather than their local churches? Were you going to do that? In which case I think you are justified in being pissed off about habing to have a meal out instead.

seriouscakeeater Fri 08-Mar-13 18:50:47

YANBU......last year me and DH took our mothers out for lunch and the pair of them picked holes in every thing!
This year kept saying I didnt know what I wanted to do so NO one could make arrangements, Im hormonal too so getting away with murder at the moment grin.
If you dont fancy it dont go, put your feet up with a boc of chocs with dc xx

HairyHandedTrucker Fri 08-Mar-13 18:52:19

yanbu u

BerthaTheBogCleaner Fri 08-Mar-13 20:10:21

Its not really about Mothers Day though, is it. Its about being informed that, on a certain day, you will be going to a restaurant for a meal with a certain group of other people, and the possibility that you might have other plans or simply not want to go, is not thought to be relevant. If someone did that to me on any day of the year I'd be fuming (and digging my heels in and refusing to go whether I actually wanted to or not blush ).

MmeThenardier Fri 08-Mar-13 20:23:36

Even if it wasn't Mothers day I wouldn't expect people to be organising me and my time without so much as mentioning it. How strange. Do they do that for other ocassions?

PurpleBlossom Fri 08-Mar-13 20:26:34

Have had exactly the same OP! SIL yesterday said to me that she was booking a restaurant for Mothers' Day and assumed I'd be going too.

It's my first Mothers' Day (DD is only 4 months though) and I was a little miffed tbh! I told her i wont be coming because I'll be doing something with my own Mum. But secretly I hoped maybe DP would be planning something with me in mind sad

DP has gone away with friends for the weekend so I'm alone until he gets back on Sunday Afternoon (so no breakfast in bed for me angry) If he then comes home and pisses off for a meal out without me I won't be too pleased.

RIZZ0 Fri 08-Mar-13 20:29:20

I sympathise. Had booked lunch somewhere we fancied, then invited my parents to join us. After some complaining about the price from my controlling mum / asking if we were paying, have now decided to do lunch at home which she is MUCH happier with... hmm

Wouldn't mind but I have a difficult relationship with my mother (although its all held together in a civilised way nowadays for the kids), but I find it very difficult to 'celebrate' her on Mother's Day.

As mother to two children who I put myself out for a lot more than she did, I too wonder when is my turn...

Lonelynessie Fri 08-Mar-13 20:38:36

Yanbu. This happens to me every Mother's Day. My mil books a restaurant and demands that we all go. I don't even get a say. Two years ago whilst pregnant with dd2 I dared to suggest that I wanted to do something with my mum and my dd1 and she actually stuck her hand in the air in front of dd1, dh, bil and sil and said 'no you are not doing that, as a mother of two (!) I get the final say'

Last year i was really feeling ill and my oh said he'd look after me and we'd have a dvd day at home. She made such a fuss that dh ended up taking the kids (as she wanted to spend mothers day with them, not giving a toss about me spending mothers day with my own kids!) This year I got in first and told her that I'm going to my mums with my kids and I don't give a toss what dh does really, I'm not spending another Mother's Day being disregarded.

5Foot5 Fri 08-Mar-13 21:00:26

Wow Lonelynessie your MIL sounds awful!

'no you are not doing that, as a mother of two (!) I get the final say'

How did you resist telling her you will do what the hell you like . Does your DH ever stand up to her?

mynewpassion Fri 08-Mar-13 21:58:39

If your husband is on the planning why hasn't he communicated the dinner plans to you?

DebbieLovesDallas Fri 08-Mar-13 22:13:15

YANBU! I've had similar from my sister this year about what we're doing for my mum. I feel like shouting at her, "Hey, I'm a mum too you know"! (She isn't). As it is, I've seen my arse I'll be fucked if I'm lifting a finger on Mother's Day. DD1 has already told me I have to stay in bed so she can bring me a cup of tea in bed. grin (Bless her, I've just taught her how to make tea). And DH has said he's making a roast and has invited my mum here. So my sister can do what she likes, if she wants to come for a roast then fine, if not then she can bloody well sod off! angry

Sorry, slight thread hijack there. blush

PleasePudding Fri 08-Mar-13 22:20:55


I get this too. Mothering Sunday is about MIL seeing her children and her grandchildren (my children) and we all fall in.

I don't really care about the day so it doesn't worry me too much but I do feel a bit surprised that it just never occurs to them that the day is not MIL's alone.

PoppyWearer Fri 08-Mar-13 22:25:39

Same thing happens to me. Last year I was the one who made all the plans, ordered and collected all the flowers, cards, presents (as SIL was about to give birth and BIL is useless). DH didn't even bother with a card, so all I got was the one DD made at nursery (which was lovely, but no present, no lie-in, nothing?!).

This year I wanted to spend it with my Mum, just a quiet weekend at our place. But it transpired that MIL was going to be "in the vicinity" and of course it's turned into the whole ILs' family AGAIN.

It seems that my Mum and I don't count. My Mum, bless her, has brought me some flowers and at least DH had the good sense to come home with what looks like a big bag full of expensive toiletries to make up for last/this year...

rockinhippy Fri 08-Mar-13 22:43:24

YANBU - though I'm a bit biased, as I'm in a similar situation myself - DHs Sister is off on yet another holiday with BIL, meaning that yet again DH is the only one around for Mother's Day - AGAIN - & its just taken for granted that we ALL go along too - I've gone along with it for the last 4 years as I felt sorry for her, but I'm pissed off that here we are yet again & childless SIL tells DH hell ave to see MIL on Sunday as she's not aroundhmm - I would have gone, but told him I wasn't best pleased - his DM is hard to please & we will have to eat in one of very few places she approves, places we don't actually like - whilst she moans all through it & fidgets to get outside & smoke herself silly.... But my owning up to not being happy meant he over reacted & got a strop on

So I told him - your DM - not mine or DDs so sod off & deal with it yourself - DD & I will now do something nice together grin

simplesusan Fri 08-Mar-13 23:11:58

Well at least they have thought of you.

I have never been taken anywhere on Mother's Day.

My dh thinks it is just a made up day by "those bastards" at hallmark! Nice.

RoseandVioletCreams Fri 08-Mar-13 23:31:46


Infact reading your op title made me feel:

<Punch arm in air>


" This year I can enjoy Mothers Day for "me", for/with my DC, NOT, I repeat NOT, simply worshiping at the altar of the MIL, whereby I am simply a vessle through which the prodgeny of HER Ultimate motherlyness -

Passed Through. "

RoseandVioletCreams Fri 08-Mar-13 23:32:29

SIMPLE susan

Do you remind him of those thoughts on Fathers Day?

LaydeeC Fri 08-Mar-13 23:33:20

fwiw, I don't think yabu, I have a similar problem with my mil - there is a great expectation that we will all see her and spend time with her on md. BUT, she buys me some flowers etc and recognises that I am a mum with a mum myself. This year both my kids are away for md so, like last year, md in my house will be the following weekend. I have no problem with this and nor do either of my teenagers - makes it a lot less stressful rather than being resentful about the day being monopolised by someone else.

twitchycurtains Sat 09-Mar-13 00:58:28

YADNBU. I've just been told by my MIL that we are to come to hers for dinner on sunday, she didnt ask, she told me. Mentioned it to SH whose response was 'oh ok then'. FFS I wish MIL would recognise that the whole world does not revolve around her. I have 2 dc of my own and was looking forward to a quiet family day just me, dh and the kids, we plannrd to pop in to see MIL , give cards, flowers etc then leave.
Now, because of MIL and spineless DH I will spend my sunday teatime-evening serving dinner , washing dishes, cleaning her bloody kitchen whilst she sits there relaxing, well, it is md after all!

twitchycurtains Sat 09-Mar-13 00:58:55

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Iaintdunnuffink Sat 09-Mar-13 01:05:41

I don't expect pampering or £'s spent on me but Yanbu

I've been married for over 10"years and every Mother's Day my inlaws all seem to behave like extras in a Dr Who episode WE MUST ViSIT MOThER. It's fucking odd.

Iaintdunnuffink Sat 09-Mar-13 01:16:48

Twitchycurtains any chance you can opt out? Let dp and the kids go.

If you do go why get up and serve & washup? Sit there, smile and remark to mil how you're enjoying the day being looked after.

twitchycurtains Sat 09-Mar-13 01:22:13

Iaint- no can do unless I want a sulky DH and even sulkier inlaws for the rest of the year, my inlaws have a knack of making just about any event about them, mil especially. With a wimpy loving son like DH I tend to pick my battles.

IABUofcourse Sat 09-Mar-13 01:33:14

Back in 1912 a very savvy american woman trademarked the phrase Mothers Day. This is a new 'day' along with all the others. My son, me and my mom all know we love each other and there is no angst

Welovegrapes Sat 09-Mar-13 01:36:21

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