7 annoying things my mother-in-law does

Published: July 7, 2012
A list of annoying things married people have to bear. PHOTO: FILE

A list of annoying things married people have to bear. PHOTO: FILE

1- MIL never picks after herself

I’ll cook you dinner, I’ll clean your loo but for God’s sake at least throw your old teabags and tissue papers in the bin.

2- MIL never respects privacy

She’ll walk into the room when you’re breastfeeding, pick up your bank statement and stare at your finances and can launch into questions about your sex life with her son. Ewww.

3- MIL knows how to lay on the charm

She knows how to perfectly mask her criticism of your baby rearing skills, cooking or cleaning with a sweet compliment. Take for instance, “Don’t you look lovely today … for a change!”

4- MIL has advice on everything under the sun

She has advice on looking good, raising babies, aging well and keeping her son happy. If she knows so much, why didn’t she raise a decent human being instead of a monkey who is incapable of finding his own socks?

5- MIL thinks I’m out to steal her son

Mothers-in-law love taunting daughters-in-law that he was hers before he became yours. To that we say, “Keep him to yourself, old lady – he’s not that great anyway!”

6- MIL forces her help on me, when none is required

“You’re planning a wedding, I’m coming over. You’re having a baby, I’m coming over. The baby has left for college, I’m coming over.” Don’t they realise that instead of making things easier for us, they make it just that much harder?

7- MIL always finds a way to make it about her

Whether it’s your child’s birthday or your anniversary, MIL knows how to get the attention back on herself.

Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, July 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Basim Ali Ja`fari
    Jul 7, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Blatant hyperbole. Unnecessary generalization.
    How did this get approved again?


  • alicia
    Jul 7, 2012 - 12:41PM

    If that’s all your mother in law does then you are lucky. Trust me mother in laws in Pakistan are way worse than this.


  • Faisal
    Jul 7, 2012 - 1:13PM

    I am awaiting when the MIL will write an article on her DIL’s (daughter in law’s) 7 annoying habits. Goes both ways. I find these sort of articles an incredible waste of space.


  • Momin
    Jul 7, 2012 - 2:32PM

    Tribune is a newspaper of the angrez, and for the angrez!!


  • Jazzy
    Jul 7, 2012 - 3:02PM

    You should not say like this, How would you feel; if your husband makes blog like this criticizing your father & mother.


  • Dr Zafar
    Jul 7, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Wait Young Lady. Few years down the lane you will find a similar article being written about you.


  • umar
    Jul 7, 2012 - 5:41PM

    A hilarious article, but one which tackles a widespread issue. Although i am a guy, i totally agree with the author. Women in our society are not given the space to do as they please, whether they are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives or daughter-in-laws. Daughter-in-laws, in particular, face all kind of problems due to overbearing mother-in-laws. I have seen many cases and heard many stories to deny it. There is nothing wrong if a woman expresses her frustration through an article. These are some issues we have to deal with as a society. Daughter-in-laws should be given room to make their own decisions and spend their life the way they want to.


  • sick of this nonsense
    Jul 7, 2012 - 10:05PM

    maybe if you respected your mother in law and invited her over she wouldnt need flimsy excuses to come over and help :)


  • Bug a boo
    Jul 7, 2012 - 11:59PM

    Although not all in laws are like these are some of the reasons I won’t ever live in a joint family system, not as a daughter nor as a mother. Couples need their own space and as adults, are capable of making their own decisions. Women (and men) need to set boundaries that are not to be crossed by parents on either side.Recommend

  • joy
    Jul 8, 2012 - 1:11AM

    Most of these are not applicable to most pakistani families.. there is a joint family set up so mother in law coming over s not an issue, she’s already there. kid going off to college, in most cases our children are studying in unis in the same city and theyre not ejected from the nest at 18.. questions about sex life, it is quite a taboo topic in most homes except for the part regarding conceiving a baby.. bank statements, most wives are not privy to their husbands finances.. cooking and cleaning, most households have domestic help of some sort.. ‘mask her criticism’, most mils dont need to do that, they can be as direct and blunt as they like.


  • Pk
    Jul 8, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Even though I myself am 21, I think that the current generation has become a bunch of ungrateful, self-involved individuals, who complain about such petty problems and say how difficult their life is. It is truly remarkable how blind they are to actual problems in the world today, even if it comes and smacks them in the face.


  • Muslim
    Jul 8, 2012 - 9:17AM

    Pathetic excuse of an article… Attempt at humor was a failed one. Recommend

  • Yasir Hussain
    Jul 8, 2012 - 10:55AM

    What you guys are publishing? Shame!!

    wese saas bhi kabhi bahu thi ;)


  • Parvez
    Jul 8, 2012 - 2:13PM

    My mild comment on this inane topic has been shot down – ET get real or possibly there’s something going on with you’ll that needs correction.


  • xyz
    Jul 9, 2012 - 9:30AM

    And, you just called your husband “a monkey”?


  • Sidra
    Jul 23, 2012 - 4:53PM

    i didn’t liked this one. they need our attention with every passing day. i guess so no onw has written such things about their mother, they are also MIL of someone else.. hypocrate people


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