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How often do you see your in laws?

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Ridersofthestorm Sat 02-Feb-13 17:24:03

Just wanted to know how often people on here see their in laws. Apparently because I don't jump for joy about seeing dp parents every weekend, or not wanting to invite them to EVERY outing we ever have I hate them. Not the case at all,they are lovely his mother tho at times can be interfering and judgmental. If we go anywhere with them its always were they want to go, what time we leave, we can all go in one car to save petrol we will pick you up We get organised like we're children ( dp loves it) and doesn't see how annoying it is.
I've had my first baby and I really want us to start being a proper family, doing things together etc. But his parents turn up at our house every weekend (they have rang dp about ten mins in advance, dp doesn't tell me until practically on doorstep). A good example is the other week I wanted to take baby for a walk around big park. We planned to go, about to leave his parents turned up, I told them where we were going and I felt I should invite them. If I didn't his mother would have invited herself so to save me being embarrassed i just asked them if they would like to come. They accepted (of course) but what pissed me off was they ended up planning we go somewhere else because it will be easier to push buggy (not as much mud). I stupidly just went "oh ok" when they asked if it was ok. If I make an issue dp will make me look bad in front if them like I'm being petty because they are trying to help.
It's like this all the time!! I just feel like a kid. I'm very independent and always have been. I don't like bring organised by people and I pretty much know my own mind about things. It's caused many an argument between me and dp. He loves being organised and babied by them, but I think they go over the top. I can't make even one comment about his parents doing this and he kicks off, we can't discuss it without an argument. I shouldn't have to tell them, they are not my parents and dp just let's them think its all great. I don't want to tell them because I hate confrontation like this, awkward.
There is more to all this but would take forever to go into it all but basically, does everyone have to see and spend every outing/part weekend with their parents/I'm laws?

Gillian1980 Wed 31-May-17 00:09:06

Sorry, didn't see it was a zombie!

Gillian1980 Wed 31-May-17 00:08:25

They live 45 mins away and we see them every 4-6 weeks on average. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

We all get on really well but have busy lives so that's what works for everyone.

My DPs live 5 mins away and I generally see them weekly with dc but often when dh is at work.

MyBonnieLiesOverTheOcean Tue 30-May-17 23:05:06

Only every couple of months. My inlaws are great company and I wish we lived closer to each other so we could see them more often. I enjoy spending time with them. Mind you they have always treated DH & I as adults and have never overstepped any boundaries so I count myself very very lucky!

CakeMonster100 Tue 30-May-17 22:52:13

Zombie thread!!!

Mysteriouscurle Tue 30-May-17 22:21:26

Just because you dont insist on seeing your ds family every single weekend doesnt mean you are "of no consequence". Especially if your ds was unhappy with monthly visits from his ILs. sounds like double standards to me. Why is he entitled to spend more time with his family than you were allowed to spend with yours?

noova61 Tue 30-May-17 20:40:39

Next time she turns up uninvited...ruffle your clothes and hair, shout over your shoulder, best get dressed your mothers here.... as you answer the door!!!! Works wonders...well did for me!

TheScottishPlay Tue 30-May-17 20:30:02

MIL every month or so as she doesn't go out much and have to make a point of visiting her. Often meet FIL when he is shopping or out for a walk. They are local to us so DH and DS see them more often.

user1496168534 Tue 30-May-17 20:24:37

Holly berry bush . Well said ! All I ever read on here is how awful the inlaws are . They seem to forget that it was the inlaws who brought their husbands and partners into the world , loved them but are then expected to hand them over to the new woman in their life and be treat like some outsider who is of no consequence . One day they will probably be mothers in law themselves and will learn what karma is about . I hope !

KatieScarlett2833 Sun 03-Feb-13 11:09:53

On a need to see basis. PILs have DC Tuesday after school, DH and FIL do DS football game on Sunday and we see MIL usually when we're dropping stuff off. Of course we see them every birthday, Christmas and are going on holiday with them again this year. As are my parents, who are best friends with PILs and see each other independently at least twice a

MegaClutterSlut Sun 03-Feb-13 10:36:07

once sometimes twice a week

DoingTheSwanThing Sat 02-Feb-13 20:19:24

Couple of times a week (MIL more than FIL), sometimes more. Rare to go a fortnight, mil gets "withdrawal symptoms" and is begging to come round! Mine are wonderful though, and much more involved than my own parents.

HansieMom Sat 02-Feb-13 20:17:40

Remind him of what you said in your last sentence--when you lived near your family he moaned when you saw them once a month.

Ashoething Sat 02-Feb-13 20:15:40

We used to go to inlaws for dinner every sunday and they also used to come round to our house once a week. I blew last year and told dh no more! Mil is very manipulative and it was all on her terms-they do not help in any way with gcs.

We now go for dinner every 2nd week and its bliss!

Ridersofthestorm Sat 02-Feb-13 20:07:09

Attila you have hit the nail on the head about most of it there! The fact that my dp can't make decisions for himself and his dad certainly being the quiet one.
I know some of this should have been sorted out ages ago but my dp and mum are both extremely strong characters (very similar in fact) and I've just tried to have a quiet life. I've backed down on every thing my dp has wanted, I've moved 180 miles away from my life to a place I hate (his home town), a house I didn't really want and to just live his life as he wants. But since I've had my ds I was adamant no one was going to tell me what to do. His mother has tried to interfere on occasions but when it came to my child there was no way I was letting anyone tell me how to raise my son. Her ideas are different to mine and I've felt many times I've had to argue why I've chosen to do something, and yes I know how to do that with him etc etc. Done my head in, and yes I've also been like that with my family too, not just his mother.

Part of the problem is my dp not growing up ( which his own parents have on many occasion mentioned themselves when he's got on their nerves). But who can blame them from coming round if their son is so willing, they love it.
His mum has found it hard to let go of her boys, she done everything of them and is the type of person who loves to do things for people and doesn't understand that I don't. Believe me I am the last person who would want to stop a son having contact with his mum I lost my lovely mum when I was a teenager and miss her loads. You only have your parents or a short time, but they should bring you up to live your own life not theirs.
Both his parents are very old fashioned tho, his mum has to see his grandmother everyday without fail or she rings her and makes his mum feel guilty. It certainly is a family thing like turning up unannounced at people's houses for instance is something I am just not used to at all.
I just want my space and my family time when I would like it without feeling i have to invite his parents to everything. I want my dp to start seeing he has his own family now. Of course his parents are important to him I understand, but when he lived by my family he would moan when I saw them once a month.
Fair is fair!

sunshine401 Sat 02-Feb-13 20:04:51

Never , Not by our choice though. sad

ImperialBlether Sat 02-Feb-13 19:56:19

My children are adult now and some of these posts really frighten me.

ginmakesitallok Sat 02-Feb-13 19:47:19

I see my mil 4 days out of 7, sometimes 5. She's lovely, looks after our DC 3 days a week and does tea on a Saturday.

Happiestinwellybobs Sat 02-Feb-13 19:43:43

At the moment, never. Think yourself lucky - mine insisted on coming round every day when DD arrived grin. When I asked her to cool it (after daily visits, accusing me of hiding, following me into a restaurant etc!!) she threw a strop of momentous proportion, and apart from one visit where she declared I was evil, made DD cry and called me patronising for asking her to stop screaming at me, she hasn't darkened my door since. Thank goodness!

CaptChaos Sat 02-Feb-13 19:37:24

We don't see mine very often, which is a shame. They are very busy, and so can only rarely come over to our house, and my DFiL is a hoarder, which makes their house very dusty which does my asthma no good at all, so we don't go there very much.

In your situation OP, I think I would want to have a proper talk with your DP about boundaries, and soon. This will only lead to festering resentment if you just let it ride.

Horsemad Sat 02-Feb-13 19:28:08

PS After a huge argument I rarely see mine now thank God.

Horsemad Sat 02-Feb-13 19:26:40

Having gone through this myself I think it is easy to get into a routine and before you know it, these routines are set in stone and CAN'T be changed sad

My inlaws live next door and it's been bloody miserable having to fend them off all the time. DH's fault of course, as he cannot cope without seeing his family several times a week (would be every day if I weren't on the scene, I'm sure).

You must put your foot down NOW, or this ridiculous ritual will persist for ever. You will be seen as the baddie, but for your own sanity, DO IT!

Apparentlychilled Sat 02-Feb-13 19:26:38

Maximum once a fortnight but it can be up to a month between visits. They live 10 mins away.

I had to put my foot down re unannounced visits though- drove me mad.

lovelyredwine Sat 02-Feb-13 19:21:28

I see my mil at least once a week as she has dd one day whilst I work. We often see her at least once at the weekend as well, BUT my mil is hugely grateful that we include her in stuff and just goes along with whatever we're doing. She just wants to spend time with us and doesn't care where that is. I'm very lucky though as she's generally pretty great- your situation sounds shit and I would feel very different if I was in your shoes.

Your dp sounds like the first problem to tackle- he needs to listen to you rather than think you're starting an argument when you bring this subject up for discussion. You are meant to be a partnership so both of you should have an equal say on what happens in your life together.

izzyizin Sat 02-Feb-13 19:13:45

Has this 'every weekend' visiting come about since the arrival of pfb or has it been going on since you met him?

If the latter, you've been acting under false pretences if you've simply gone along with it since you've known him and you've got it all to do in terms of weaning him off his dm's tit the bosom of his family.

Don't be surprised if he chooses them over you once he realises you mean business and that you're no longer prepared to tolerate planning or living your life to suit them.

juneau Sat 02-Feb-13 18:33:46

Twice in the last three years grin

Your situation sounds intolerable. Why on earth does your DH feel the need to see his parents every weekend? I'm afraid I'd have nipped that one in the bud yonks ago. But since you didn't, I'd start setting some boundaries right now. Like you only see them if you're both part of the inviting - presumably it's your home too? And you have some weekends when you don't see them at all and get to do stuff as a family. And that's just for starters.

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