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?


  1. I don't understand people who say put a rusk in the milk! Well done for biting your tongue! I probably wouldn't have been able to!

  2. I adored my mother in law but she made me crazy as hell half the time! I wonder now why I let her attitudes and beliefs bother me so...just young and foolish I guess! Enjoy your visit with her Sweetie...I'd give the earth to visit with mine one more time.

  3. Actually those things your mother-in-law's been saying has been ringing bells when I had my first son 23 years ago. Rusk in the milk, make the whole bigger etc.

    But parenting has changes as everything does over the years. Go with what you feel is right.

    PS Love the piccy!!!


  4. Ooh there's nothing like a Mother In Law's views to get you all tetchy. Thank God mine lives in France or I wouldn't be half as sane as I am now. (I like to kid myself on occasion)!


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