I'm dreading my mean mother-in-law coming for Christmas

DEAR DEIDRE: THE thought of my mother-in-law spending Christmas with us fills me with dread.

My husband and I both work for the NHS. I’m 33 and he’s 36. It is rare for us both to get Christmas off but we do this year.


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My husband wants his mum, who’s 64 and a widow, to stay with us for Christmas itself and Boxing Day.

We have a lovely little boy who’s three but my mother-in-law has been critical and interfering ever since he was born. She’s sent me some vicious texts.

I want a happy Christmas with just us. I’m OK with visiting her on Boxing Day but should I put up with her staying here for the sake of my son’s relationship with his grandmother?

DEIDRE SAYS: Better to enjoy a short visit rather than resent a longer stay that is likely to end with some sort of bust-up.

Tell your husband it’s unrealistic to expect you just to swallow the comments his mum has made. Her choices have consequences.

Your son is only three and at that age a couple of hours with grandma might be enough for them both.

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