My husband and I have three children all under four years of age. My husband works 6 days a week 4am-8pm. I knew it was going to be a tough gig raising the kids so close together on my own as a stay-at-home mum, but I didn’t realise it would be so lonely and this hard. Some mornings I just don’t know how I am going to make it through the day. The only person available to help, as in, not working is my husbands mother, yet she refuses to help at all.
The only time I asked her to babysit was when I had to go to a funeral and she flat out said no. Yet on my husbands only day off on a Sunday she makes a big deal if we don’t visit her and gets angry if we don’t stay long. I am starting to get very angry and resent her. I don’t want to cause problems between my husband and his mum but quite frankly I am over it. My dad absolutely adores his grandchildren and if he didn’t work I know he would want to spend any second he could get with them. Is anybody else’s mother-in-law like this? Am I expecting too much from her? How can I deal with this situation? Any advice would be great!
Posted anonymously, 6th August 2014