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  1. By DH. His circus, his monkeys. OP has too much going on right now and they would likely write it off as her being hormonal or something

  2. Aside from the refusing to acknowledge your correct name, I wanted to point out that your MIL is doing a very annoying trick that mine does too. The " asking a question that puts you on the back foot" trick. She knows damn well the answer to what she's asking (eg you are having a ceremony?) but is phrasing it in such a way that it's stating what she wants, but in question form and it's putting you in the spotlight and having to say "no". Which makes you the "bad person". She could easily rephrase these things as "are you doing X?" or even "tell me about the plans". It all boils down to "you're doing the thing I want, right?" And then you end up having to correct that.

  3. Sorry, realised you were referring to kiddos. DH is already the scapegoat, so I'm predicting his kids will have the honor of also being the scapegoated grandkids. It happened in my own life with my own justnograndma and I can see the red flags.

  4. Everything. Just gets criticism for doing anything they deem different or not to their taste. Some of it is an eldest child setting boundaries stuff so we let it slide for too long (eg us moving in together, planning our wedding how we wanted it) but once we moved far away and they still weren't happy when we'd visit and nothing was good enough, it put a lot of stress on our relationship and we'd return to our normal lives tired, upset with each other and feeling like our hard earned trip was ruined. So we started setting better boundaries and ignoring some of the predictable whining

  5. Your MILs behavior is not about the baby, pregnancy or being a grandparent. It is all about narc supply and getting attention.

  6. She's definitely the latter. No way would she let herself down by going full cray. In public anyway. She's made a show of herself in private before but I have no fears of her doing anything dangerous or illegal. It's more the death by a thousand passive aggressive paper cuts, but honestly by being a whole continent away from her there's not much she can do. So she has no narc supply and no way to weasel into our lives so she just ignores. Fien by me as long as my kids won't be the scapegoats (they probably will)

  7. David Beckham - not just a nice guy, but when his kids came to the secret event we were filming and some people spotted them, he came across and told the public who could see him that he'd do any photos or signings they liked, but to please leave his kids alone as they were not in the public eye and he wanted them to be afforded privacy. Good dad.

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