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What would you call a family that is like a "show" with in-laws and minor members treated as an audience?

(11 Posts)
FrancisdeSales Thu 07-Apr-16 19:12:47

My dh's family interact like this when they are together, they barely acknowledge in-laws or even younger children. My children say they feel awkward and bored because noone talks to them. The ILs are having a whale of a time but everyone else is sidelined. What exactly is this dynamic? It's hard to understand.

springydaffs Thu 07-Apr-16 21:19:43

It's the Perfect Family dynamic.

My family are like this. You couldn't meet a more sparkling, fascinating toxic brood group. They are infatuated with themselves. With their image.

springydaffs Thu 07-Apr-16 21:20:14

It may not be that, though. But it's not very friendly is it hmm

WipsGlitter Thu 07-Apr-16 21:26:00

Sounds dreadful.

DP and I joke about being quiet church mice when we're going to my sisters and make squeaking noises at each other.

LadyWithLapdog Thu 07-Apr-16 21:28:32

Do they think themselves to be in an episode of Hollyoaks?

Shameandregret Thu 07-Apr-16 21:33:28

Shameless? Jeremy Kyle interviewees? Any rough family off a soap where the kids are banished upstairs?

Sounds rubbish OP!

butteredmuffin Thu 07-Apr-16 21:57:26

Are your in-laws the Kardashians?

daisytalks Thu 07-Apr-16 22:02:40

Crikey this sounds exactly like my husband's family! In fact I've noticed its newer in laws to the family (ie me etc) that barely get acknowledged - even though I've been married for 23 yearshmm)

throwingpebbles Thu 07-Apr-16 22:04:31

Oh god sounds like some ex-in-laws of mine. They were excruciating.

Marzipants Thu 07-Apr-16 22:07:22

My DF's family are like this. Except they are also all speaking a language that me and DS don't know. Thankfully we only saw them once a year.

babba2014 Fri 08-Apr-16 01:19:46

Mine do it too! And even in my home! I don't bother with em now.

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