Hax: Sniping grandma likely feels left out

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 1:32 PM

Dear Carolyn: My mother-in-law asked me for Christmas gift ideas for my 4-month-old son. I said I thought he was too young for electronic toys and asked for something simple, such as blocks, board books or a teddy bear.

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davethedogJan. 14, 14 9:36 PM

Sometimes it's hard to do what is necessary to assert yourself with a pushy MIL. It feels "disrespectful" or petty. So my advice is next time she asks for a gift suggestion tell her EXACTLY what to get. Try to pick it out from a store or catalog you know she shops at, or give her the link to the product on more than one website if she shops on the internet. Give her a picture of it if you can find one. Make it as easy as possible for her to locate and purchase the gift. Then if she still buys something inappropriate you will know she is trying to be troublesome, & hopefully then your mama-bear instinct will kick in and you'll feel justified in setting boundaries with her.

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stplooklistnJan. 15, 14 7:43 AM

Hang on to that laptop. Parents start out with great intentions and then slip to reality. One step further for MIL, ask her where she likes to shop and then pick something from that store.

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