The Original Poster (OP) faces an unrelenting conflict with her mother-in-law (MIL), culminating in a heart-wrenching confrontation that exposes a web of lies and deceit.
High School Sweethearts
The OP and her husband met at 13 and became best friends before dating. They had a tight-knit group of friends and spent a lot of time together. Despite her husband’s traumatic childhood and neglect, they supported each other through high school.
As soon as OP and her husband started dating, his mother’s hatred for OP became apparent. Despite being treated poorly, OP remained respectful and quiet toward her. The mother-in-law’s religious beliefs led to some uncomfortable situations.
Interventions Gone Wrong
Twice during their teenage years, OP was “invited” to her boyfriend’s house for dinner, only to walk into an intervention led by her mother-in-law and members of her church. They accused OP of “taking her son away” and “living in sin together.” OP recalls, “It was totally bonkers.”
A United Front
When they turned 18, OP’s husband moved in with her and her family. They eventually got married, but his entire family refused to attend the wedding due to his mother’s badmouthing of OP. However, her husband’s sisters still supported and loved OP.
After becoming pregnant, OP received hateful phone calls from her husband’s grandmother and aunt. Overwhelmed with stress, the OP would cry and apologize to her husband for his family’s animosity. The family’s hatred stemmed from the mother-in-law’s constant negative talk about OP.
The husband’s family refused to attend their baby shower, leading him to put his foot down. He told them that if they couldn’t accept OP, they wouldn’t be a part of their lives. They didn’t speak for three years.
A Chance at Redemption
After running into the mother-in-law, who had started therapy, the couple decided to give her another chance. They allowed supervised visits and weekly dinners with their daughter. A year later, they adopted two more boys with special needs.
A Heartbreaking Discovery
OP learned that her mother-in-law had been badmouthing her and the children, even blaming OP for the boys’ diagnoses. Devastated, the OP confronted her for the first time in 15 years, demanding respect for herself and her children. The mother-in-law didn’t apologize but agreed to stop her behavior.
That night, the mother-in-law broke down and confessed to being a drug addict. OP’s husband and sisters-in-law doubted her story and urged her to seek mental health help. The next day, she checked herself into rehab.
Exposed in Rehab
While in rehab, the mother-in-law was caught lying about her drug addiction after a blood test found no substances in her system. She tried to check herself out, but the facility offered her mental health services instead.
A New “Family”
Now, the mother-in-law has new friends from the rehab facility calling her “mom” and praising her on social media. One of them messaged OP, asking why she “took her children away from her.” Feeling overwhelmed, OP vents, “I’m just losing my mind and need to vent.”
Despite the mother-in-law’s antics, OP’s husband’s sisters remained supportive and loving. They agreed with their brother that their mother’s behavior was not acceptable and continued to be part of OP’s life.
The Power of Communication
OP and her husband maintain open communication, discussing their feelings and frustrations about the situation. They stand united in their decisions and continue to prioritize the well-being of their children, and have cut off all communication with the MIL.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses…
One responder wrote: “Wow, I’m so sorry you’ve gone through all this. I think it’s clear you guys need to go full non-contact.”
Another reader wrote: “I’m so sorry you’ve gone through this. I would suggest first screenshot and document any interaction with her or her surrogates, then block anyone that you can who tries to contact you about her. Documentation will help if this escalates further and you need legal remedies.”
A Different Perspective
A different person states: “Well, this was a rollercoaster from start to end. I’m sorry you have to deal with such a nut job. As hard as it may be, try not to let her words get to you.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
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The original poster of the story, a 29-year-old man, had a series of conflicts with his mother-in-law that threatened to ruin his marriage.
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