DD used to be the apple of her grandmas eye...until she became a teenager. MIL just cannot understand that DD is growing up and has her own opinions. She is critical of how she speaks, how she looks and just thinks that all teenagers are up to no good and says negative things to DD like all teens are ‘attention seeking self harmers’ and up to no good (big DM reader). I notice that DD now leaves the room after a short time with MIL. It it a bit much to expect MIL to be more understanding of teens as she raised some herself? Has anyone else experienced this?
This makes me so sad re: your MIL's behaviour. I wish my grandmother had been around to see me and support me as a teenager. Not every grandparent gets this chance. I would talk to both of them before it gets even worse.
quite honestly i would stop having her round, your dd doesnt need this shit in her life. Its bad enough when u get this nonsense from strangers, let alone someone in your family. Attention seeking self harmers indeed. Silly old cow.
That is so sad - she is missing so much. I have teenage GC and they are exciting and interesting!
During an interview for a job with young people I was asked what I thought about having to deal with a group of teenagers. I replied it was a matter of attitude of mind - you either see them as a problem or as people at an exciting stage in their development into adults - I got the job!!
I feel sad for MIL that she is missing the opportunity to enjoy them.
What a shame your MIL is like this, I think your dd's response is fine tbh, she doesn't need to listen to things she doesn't want to do removing herself from the situation sounds a good idea
Does MIL realise she's doing it? Can you talk to her?
My MIL is awfully negative about my neice, she's a normal, intelligent slightly awkward 16 year old but she goes on & on about her not being confident! Like that will make she anything other than more self conscious - I don't know what gets into some GP
I’m not sure she realises that she’s doing it but also I’m not sure how to go about approaching her about it. She is a bit of a character and has a habit of make snap judgments about people and says exactly what she thinks which DD is used to. However comments about DDs physical appearance just get to me.
DM is like this with my DD 15. If she says anything negative about her appearance I pull her about it immediately and not particularly politely. Anything else and DD generally blanks her, walks away or speaks her mind.
My gran did it to me, I’d walk into a room and she’d say to my dm “is she getting fatter”, I realised we had no positive emotional connection as adults so I stopped visiting her when I was 16.
Dm has started doing it to ds(13), talks about/criticises him in earshot, and I don’t make him visit or put up with it. It’s strange, because she never used to, she just seems to not realise how hurtful it is. Might be an age thing.
@WeAll I think it is an age thing, I find she has no filter and says the first thing that comes into her head. There have been a comments about her ‘getting a big bum’ when DD is actually very slim. It’s very strange as I know she loves her DGCs very much.
As she is your MIL, I think your husband needs to speak to her in general about this, but you should definitely pull her up sharpish as soon as she says something stupid. This will also show your DD that you do not condone such behaviour.
Moody agree about pulling them up about it and showing them you’ll stand up for them, but by then the damage to teenage sensitivities is already done and it’s planted the seed that they are to thin, fat, tall, short, sticky out ears, big nose, horrible mole/mark, spotty, lanky hair, loud, quiet, mumble, or whatever else they have said. He doesn’t enjoy going and she has been told to be more aware, but nothing changes, so best all round if he doesn’t.