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hey all, decided to delete the OP. thanks for your support.
Edited by Katielady - 3/12/13 at 4:39pm
Ha! I wonder what she would say.
I am on the verge of tears. I expect BS from my MIL but I feel really betrayed by my mom. She knows I don't like MIL. She knows I don't like how she interacts with the kids, either ignoring them or nagging at them or snapping at them about some normal kid behavior. She'd rather avoid the confrontation with MIL than stand up for me. It really sucks.
Only you know your mom and whether she'd be able to absorb that information and respond the way that you want. If you think she really wants to understand where you are coming from, you could send it. If you don't think she'll "get it", I'd keep it short with something like "I am making different arrangements for DD this week and in future, because we've had some issues with her in the past, I don't want MIL to be around my kids without my advance knowledge and permission. I will be very upset if I find out this has happened behind my back".
Toxic family members... gotta love 'em!
One might think that would avoid MIL inviting herself over. She would have no qualms about doing so- in fact she'd be glad, because then she could "see the kids" with me there to do the actual work.
I ended up editing the letter a bit and printing it out as a doc rather than emailing it- less chance of it getting forwarded to the wrong person. I delivered it in person this morning and am waiting to hear back from my mom. I felt like I was going to vomit after I handed it off to her. I feel better now, though. I feel like I am standing up for myself and my family. My mom does have stage IV cancer, but her health is pretty good considering, and I think she's going to be around for many years. That's a lot of time in which she could be completely f'ing with my relationship with my MIL. I decided it was really important to me to at least try to make her understand why I don't want her having this bridge with MIL, and why it's vital that she check with me before making these kinds of plans. Hopefully she will take it to heart, and this whole thing won't backfire on me. We'll see.
Mom will basically not talk with me about the letter. She says she wants to wait til Friday. She is so weird about confrontation. She meets with her counselor on Thursday (a wonderful free program in the area for people living with cancer) and this lady is really great, so maybe the counselor will help her frame out the issues. We'll see.