I Kicked My MIL Out on Mother’s Day, Because It's MY HOLIDAY

Family & kids
6 days ago

Mother’s Day, a special day meant to honor and appreciate mothers, can sometimes turn into a battleground of mixed feelings and misunderstandings. From family disagreements to unmet expectations, this day designed to celebrate moms can sometimes bring unexpected drama, just like what happened in the story of our reader, Lily.

Lily’s husband invited his family for Mother’s Day dinner without asking her.

Lily, 35 years old, reached out to us with a heartfelt letter, asking for advice on the conflict with her husband and mother-in-law, which had literally torn the family apart.

She started her letter, “My husband invited his mom over for Mother’s Day dinner without asking me. I was furious because I had to cook for 10 people and look after two kids at the same time. I didn’t sit down until everyone arrived, and when I finally did, I hardly got to eat because the kids kept asking me for things.
Then, I had to clean up all the mess on MY HOLIDAY. My husband always promises to clean up later, but the next day, the mess would still be in the same place. I really needed a day where I didn’t have to make everything wonderful for everyone else. No one even noticed how stressed I was.”

The situation took a turn for the worse when her husband decided to make a toast.

Lily continued her story, “But then, something happened that really tested my patience. My husband stood up from the table and said, ’The most important woman in my life is sitting right here at this table. She gave me the precious gift of life and filled my life with light.’ At that moment, I felt my cheeks burn with anger. He said it as if she were the only mother at this table.”

The last straw was when my husband presented a gift to his mom, a lovely necklace with a locket. I couldn’t help but speak up, ’Excuse me, but where’s my gift? There are two mothers at this table.’ My husband seemed surprised, as if he hadn’t thought about it.
But before he could respond, my MIL chimed in with a smile on her face. She simply said, ’Oh dear, you’re too modest. Your gift is the joy of being a mother, the love of your children, and the happiness of this beautiful family,’ her words dripping with saccharine sweetness.”

“At that moment, I knew I couldn’t take it anymore. Without saying a word, I stood up from the table, my hands trembling with frustration. I looked directly at my MIL and said, ’I’m sorry, but I need some time alone. I think it’s best if you leave now.’”

Not only did no one appreciate Lily’s efforts, but also no one wished her a happy Mother’s Day.

Concluding her letter, Lily wrote, “There was silence, a heavy, uncomfortable silence that seemed to stretch on forever. My husband started to protest, but I cut him off. With tears threatening to spill from my eyes, I watched as my MIL gathered her things and left without another word. The weight of what I had done settled on my shoulders, but at the same time, I felt a sense of relief wash over me.”

“It wasn’t until later, when the house was quiet, and I was finally alone, that I allowed myself to cry. Mother’s Day was supposed to be a day of celebration, but for me, it had become a day of frustration and resentment. It turned out that my husband didn’t even consider buying me a gift.
The most painful part is that neither my husband nor his mom understood why I reacted the way I did. My MIL is still mad at me and won’t come to visit us. Our family relationships are strained now. I really hope your readers can give me the advice I need so much right now.”

Another reader also faced issues with her mother-in-law.

Dear Maggie, thank you for sharing your story with us! We’re hopeful that our readers can offer you the advice you need. Please feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.

Another expectant mother encountered criticism from her MIL after choosing not to quit from her day job. Read her story here to understand the common challenges many women encounter and the significance of supporting all mothers, regardless of their decision to work outside the home or stay at home.

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