I am preparing for the arrival of my Mother-in-law, from Ireland. She is coming to look after my 6 year old for the last couple of weeks of the holiday. Which is really kind of her.
I really like my Mum-in-law but she sometimes have views that have surprised me, for example:
She visited the herbal remedies shop and asked the shop assistant if Evening Primrose Oil would make you fat!
Breastfeeding, why would you? They don't do that in Ireland.
Put a rusk in the milk, and just make the hole a bit bigger, and do this from birth!
Is your child waking up really early? Just keep them up till you go to go to bed, that will stop them.
There are some other opinions she has which I could tell you, but they may cause an angry mob outside.
Her views used to bother me, when I had just had my first daughter and didn't really know what I was doing. Now I realise that she means no harm by it and is just trying to help, I just occasionally have to bite my tongue. And, miraculously, I have two healthy bright girls who seemed to have survived without taking all of my Mum-in-laws advice. And a Nan who loves them very much.
My husband is in the doghouse though, he is away 'with the lads' for one of the weekends she is here (He does have incredibly valid reasons for this - best friend back form Australia after 9 years away..etc etc)So I may take her for Sunday lunch at my parents.
Maybe my Mum will tell my Mother-in-law her theory on Global Warming - It isn't really real and just something some of the scientist thought of...Apparently?