I try to regularly visit both my parents and also my in-laws. I am lucky to have a really good relationship with my parents and so it is always fun to visit with my 18 month old daughter (only grandchild). I used to have a good relationship with my in-laws but since having my daughter it has been difficult. I only ever visit with my husband to try to diffuse the tension. On this last visit my father-in-law pointed out every little scratch and bruise my daughter has. To say she is spirited is an understatement – she is rough and excitable and as a result takes some good tumbles! I wouldn’t be so annoyed if there had been some counter-balance of nice comments as well but it was all ‘did she get that scratch on her arm here?’ and ‘looks like she has a bruise on her head’. Whatever happened to the old saying of ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’.
Posted by kathryn, 17th December 2013