Mothers-in-law can be one of life’s biggest blessings or worst nightmares. These women have the power to either make you feel like you’re right at home or make your life a living hell. While some are sweet and always check on you, others are out there plotting your demise. And the bad thing is that you probably can’t tell you have a monster on your hands until it’s too late.
But the people in our stories found out- and they did it the hard way too. Their monsters-in-law offered them everything from unwanted advice to $30, 000 for grandchildren. If you think you’ve heard some horror stories, we’re betting they were nothing like these. Here are some of the craziest things mothers-in-law have ever said.
41. A Punch and A Slap
When my husband and I were expecting our first child, my MIL demanded that we give her a girl. I explained that there was no possible way for us to guarantee that, but throughout my entire pregnancy, she continued to badger us about how the baby better be a girl.
We did a little reveal at a family party and when we found out we were having a boy, she slapped me, punched my husband, and got rip-roaring drunk. She was so drunk; she barfed all over herself and her bathroom for hours on end.
40. She Makes Cruella Look Sweet
My mother-in-law took me out to dinner to be told at the end of it that I had a little over a month to move out of the condo I rented from them because “they didn’t want to be landlords anymore” and that I had to deal with the taxes and stuff that went with it; she proceeds to hand me a magazine with a list of places for rent.
Not unusual right? Well, their son, my husband, died almost THREE months before this. I’m crying and she had the nerve to say that my crying made her uncomfortable. She’s definitely crazy and terrible!
39. The E-mail
My MIL wrote her son a letter a week before we got married, telling him to think very carefully about what he was doing, as he needed to be sure he was marrying someone he loved and trusted. (We had been together for six very happy years at this point! )
She later walked out of our wedding in tears, drove home (seven hours away!) without saying anything to anyone and then followed that up by emailing me saying she didn’t know what my husband (her son) saw in me. I refused to have anything to do with her until she apologized to me; it was a lovely year of no contact with her at all.
38. MIL With An “F”
I work in a tech-related field, so I wasn’t surprised when one day my mother-in-law asked me for help with her phone. I noticed it was low on memory because of all the pictures on it.
It turns out she had hundreds of nude selfies she was texting to men that were not my father-in-law. I finally asked “Do you want to keep these?'” Well, she answered, “Just the ones on the couch, I think I look really good there, don’t you?”. I just handed her her phone back.
37. The Permanent Ex-Wife
My mother-in-law loves my husband’s ex and doesn’t seem ready to acknowledge the fact that he married someone else. I don’t really care that she stays in touch with her, but I’m not sure how I’m supposed to respond when she tells us over dinner that his ex is single again and looking for someone special, followed by a meaningful look.
She would also call me by my husband’s ex-wife’s name, like always! And every time I see her at a family gathering, she would always say, “Oh are you guys still married?” Like hello?! Isn’t it obvious?! Can you just please be happy for us?!
36. “I Already Have A Dog”
Before my husband and I got married, my mother-in-law whined to my family that she was losing her only son and my aunt reminded her she wouldn’t be losing anyone, but gaining a daughter. And my MIL said to my whole family, “What do I need a daughter for? I already have a dog.”
Then when I was nine months pregnant with my first child, my MIL asked me to stand up and turn around. After I did, she said, “Ew, when I was pregnant you could never tell from the back.” Oh really? Okay…
35. Unwanted Assistance
My mother-in-law was staying with us and my husband just went back to work after us being in the hospital for a week after having our daughter. She continued to tell me about my husband’s ex that he has a daughter with also and how she broke his heart and had maybe given him an STD (she hadn’t).
She also continued to make me feel horrible about myself by saying, “I’ll make you an appointment with a dermatologist to fix your breakouts.” I just had a baby and I wasn’t even breaking out that bad. She was commenting on losing the baby weight asap, and then continued to say rude things to our newborn like, “Hope that one day you’ll be a cute baby.”
34. Devil, Devil, Devil
My son was diagnosed with ADHD. My MIL told me I must not be very smart if I think ADHD is a real thing when really it’s the devil causing my son to act that way; she even said that I was poisoning him by giving him medication for it.
And that wasn’t all! She also told me that I must have been on illegal substances myself while pregnant to allow the devil into my child.
33. The Gift of Giving
My mother-in-law gave me a vegetable steamer wrapped in used Christmas paper. She proceeded to tell me, “It’s not much of a gift, but as you insist on giving my poor boy frozen vegetables at least you can steam them.”
And the best gift ever (Christmas) was when she gave me a pair of G-String underwear which more resembled dental floss. This though was backed up with my sister-in-law giving a basket of edible body paints, motion lotion and a vibrate adult toy! Wow, just wow!
32. Stop with The Questions
When my daughter was still five months old, my mother-in-law told me, “How much do you feed this baby? Is she too fat already? Aren’t you worried she’ll turn out like… you?” Ugh. There is no such thing as an obese baby.
But the worst is when she told me, “Don’t you think the baby needs a helmet? It seems like her head is a weird shape.” And then she mentioned it over and over and over until I finally snapped and told her that the pediatrician thinks the baby’s head is just fine.
My mother-in-law HATES me with a passion. She has been nothing but vicious and cruel to me at every opportunity during the 22 years I have been married to her son. She is also a self-proclaimed, born-again Christian, so full of love and all that drivel.
I’m adopted and she has always thrown that in my face. I’ve always heard her say things like “since nobody knows where you came from,” to “you have no heritage,” to “aren’t you afraid of what could be wrong with your baby?”. Yes, I have a real winner of a monster-in-law.
30. But, It’s Our Baby!
My mother-in-law lives with my husband and I. He and I have recently been trying to conceive (first child for both of us). We’ve been talking about turning the spare bedroom into a nursery, and my mother-in-law said that there was no need, as the baby would be sleeping in her room with her. I told her that no, it wouldn’t.
She then became angry and said that my husband and I sleep too soundly to hear a baby crying. I said that unless she plans on breastfeeding my baby, there’s no way she’s keeping the baby in her room. She answered, “Fine! then I’ll be the one to pick the baby’s name.” Um, that’s not how this works!
29. An Overbearing In-Law
The first time I realized that my mother-in-law was overbearing was when she dropped off my husband at work and then slowly drove a bit backward to watch him go safely. Then she turns to me and proudly said, “I always did this when I dropped him off at school.”
The one thing that pushed me over the edge was after I had a stillbirth at 33 weeks and she told me I had to get pregnant again and that I owed her grandchildren and that it would be selfish to keep her son and not give him children.
28. She Wants It BIG!
I was at the grocery store with my husband and his mom. In the check out line, she looks at my husband and says, “Honey, do mommy a favor and go back to the pharmacy aisle and get mommy some rubbers (the contraceptive thing).” We were on the way to her new boyfriend’s house. He says, “Ugh. Alright,” and starts for the aisle.
Well, when my husband was about six check-out lanes away, she yells his name (in front of many people) and he turns around. She holds her hands about 18 inches apart and yells, “The big ones!” This was a 45-year-old woman.
27. “It’s Not Like We Had A Choice”
Shortly after my engagement, I had to send my ring in to be resized because it was a little too big. My MIL asked me where my ring was and I said it was being resized because it was half a size too big. She answered, “Why make it smaller! You’ll get fatter anyways and it’ll fit fine!”
And a few years after, I was telling them (my husband’s family) how much I appreciated them in my life and my children’s lives. My MIL quite spitefully replied, “Well! It’s not like we had a choice. We never had a say in who he married!”
26. Never Leave Your Children Alone With The In-Laws
My MIL comes to stay with us for two weeks when our first baby was born. She sees my son for the first time, waits till my husband leaves the room and says, “How did you convince the doctor to let you carry this baby for so long? He’s obviously four months old. Don’t worry, I won’t tell my son it’s not his baby.”
I was like, seriously?! But not just that; while she’s there, she decides completely against our wishes and doctor’s orders to give him a bottle filled with whole milk and banana cereal. It’s something our parents did but is no longer recommended until kids are 4-6 mos old. So since we told her not to do that; she hid the bottle under the couch so that I wouldn’t find it and kept feeding him with this dirty bottle. About a week later, I notice my baby had white stuff all up inside his mouth on the inside of his cheeks. We took him to the doctor, and he told us that he has bacteria called thrush from a dirty bottle. We go home, and I freak out! She tells me, “Oh, all my kids had thrush. Just scrape it off the inside of his cheeks with a Brillo pad.” Oh God!
25. The Break-Up Contracts
My first husband (back when he was my boyfriend) and I were given contracts by his mother (after knowing that I came from a low-income family) spelling out the financial benefits of us breaking up. If we agreed to break up and sign the contracts, he would get his college paid for and a new car and I would get $10,000.
Even after we both refused, she actually came to the house we were sharing and explained that I was an unacceptable girlfriend for her son and offered me additional money and a new contract for $20,000. Yeah. She was my mother-in-law for nine years after that.
24. She’s Good At Calling Me Bad Names
My mother-in-law was the WORST! She would call me Heather or Rachel. My name is Amber. I was with her son for six years. She called my son a mistake.
When I met her, she called me “exotic” because I have dark brown hair, light blue eyes, and olive skin. Apparently, she meant that I looked like a stripper. Not just that, she also said that I’m a gold digger, but hey, your family is not even rich, so how come?
23. “Devil’s Spawn”
My mother-in-law is crazy religious. When I told her I was planning on educating my three boys on all religions when they were old enough and let them decide if they wanted to practice whatever they chose, she called me the devil’s spawn and threatened to take my kids away.
She also accused me of stealing her husband’s social security check because we were receiving mail of theirs when they first moved up here. We later found out that they never sent the check in the first place. I’m still waiting on that apology.
22. She’s Putting Words In My Mouth
Before the wedding, it came to her attention that I’m pro-choice (my in-laws are evangelical Christians who don’t believe in birth control and have 12 children) and she tried to persuade my husband to break off the engagement.
When I asked her why, her reason was that, “I believe in abortion and would murder any children we might conceive.” As you can imagine my mother-in-law and I don’t have much of a relationship!
21. Babies and Money Talk
My mother-in-law is obsessed with having grand-kids and is in complete denial that my husband and I aren’t planning on having any. The last time she visited, she stole one of my birth control pills.
Well, I guess she thinks that I wouldn’t notice. And he’s not even her only kid! He’s just the only boy so his sister’s kids wouldn’t matter. She recently said she’d pay me $30,000 to have a kid. I say raise it to $100,000 and get back to me.
20. What a Nice Spy Cameras
My creepy mother-in-law has security cameras all around the outside of her house, but I didn’t realize she was doing surveillance inside as well until one day she said, “You keep complaining about how hot my house is.”
When I looked surprised, she finished, “I was listening to your conversations through the vent.” Um, creepy much? I freaked out and would only talk to my husband in whispers outside for the rest of that trip!
19. Yearly Diet Pill Supply
Each Christmas, the whole family (10-15 people at least, plus their guests) would get together and exchange gifts. Each year, I would get the same themed gift from her. I am overweight (just chubby), so she felt the need to emphasize it by doing things like giving me individually wrapped cans of slim fast, or a box of diet pills.
But my most favorite was, one year she gave me one of those neoprene waistband things that are supposed to make you sweat like a goat until you have a slim waist. Like, come on! Is my fat hurting you that you’re that bothered by it?
18. Evil On Another Level
My mother-in-law asked me why couldn’t I be normal after having a miscarriage. She went on about how having babies was the most natural thing in the world and there clearly must be something wrong with me.
She also went around telling people she was pregnant on my wedding day. She wasn’t. It was the start of menopause. She also constantly made comments about how I was fat and I should wear more make up and fix my hair. She wasn’t particularly nice to me.
17. Healing “Expert”
My mother-in-law is super into holistic healing stuff. So one day, she grabbed me and looked deeply into my eyes and said: “Your liver is toxic, that’s why your eyes are brown.”
When I protested that my eyes have been brown since I was born she answered, “Then you were born with toxins and they made your eyes brown. Blue eyes are a sign of a clean liver, like mine.” I then asked, “So will detoxing my liver change my eyes from brown to blue?” She grinned and said, “Exactly!” I rolled my brown eyes so hard I think I heard them hit the back of my head.
16. A Total Blabbermouth
When we were at a family event, I started bleeding very heavily and my mother-in-law was the only person who knew we were pregnant. My husband and I just immediately left and asked her not to say a word and just say I had an emergency in my family and had to go. Instead, she threw herself on the floor in front of the entire family, and friends of, and starting crying that I was having a miscarriage.
Like we didn’t even know if I was miscarrying at that point! And we made her promise not to say anything! Then while I was miscarrying, she kept telling me I had to understand how hard it was for her so I couldn’t be mad at her. It’s gotten worse from there. She never apologizes for anything she’s done.
15. She’s “Always Right”
My wife’s mother is a horrible individual. She goes out of her way to belittle me in front of people. She does not like me and has made it very clear. It’s gotten to the point now where I just stay away. I’m missing family functions and get-togethers as I hate being around her. She argues with everyone about anything and everything and she’s “always right.”
My son awhile back was diagnosed with cancer (years ago, he’s doing amazing now). She tried to tell me that I don’t feel about him like she does because she is his grandmother and I will never understand. As if we were having a who is more sad competition. I just don’t know what to do anymore honestly. Talk me off a ledge.
14. “We Had The Dog Put Down”
We knew that our dog Ruby wasn’t able to see any more, and she had fatty tumors all over her, but otherwise, she was a happy dog and could tell when the family was home to visit her. She even knew me by smell and I had only been around a couple of years.
So, one Tuesday night, her mom calls about something inane and just drops it in the conversation like, “Oh! By the way, I bought some cantaloupe, and we had the dog put down.” My wife was absolutely crushed. I knew she would be sad when it was the dog’s time to go but what the heck? Just call drop this crap on her and leave me with an inconsolable wife. Hey thanks, Ma.
13. Thinking In Advance
My mother-in-law abused her children verbally their entire life and when my husband and I met, he learned that it is NOT normal for your mom to treat you like you owe her for birthing you and that you are in debt to her for your life.
I gave her chances for years, but she really went too far and said she would call child protective services on us and lied so that she could take our kids away if we did not let them go sleep at her house whenever she wants. We don’t even have kids. She was just planning for the future. Crazy!
12. A Moment When You Want To Melt Into The Floor
My significant other had recently gotten separated. My now soon-to-be MIL wears hearing aids so she frequently talks really loudly. The first time I met her, she yells out, “Can I ask your girlfriend about your wife? Does she know her?”
The looks I got from other people at the restaurant made me want to melt into the floor. Plus, we were having lunch with some of her friends from church. So much for first impressions.
11. The Mice Ate It
My mother-in-law has a huge house with plenty of storage room, so she offered to keep my wedding dress in a spare closet for me. Years later when I had daughters, I asked if I could have it back. She informed me that the entire dress had been devoured by mice.
Apparently, the mice didn’t touch any other item in the house – only my wedding dress. My sister-in-law later informed me that my mother-in-law got rid of it out of spite. I would have loved to have been able to have some of the material to share in some ways with my daughters. I would have gladly taken the dress back if she no longer wanted to store it. She could have just asked.
10. Disney Disaster
When I got married my mother-in-law told me I had to pick a favorite cartoon character because all the women in the family had one as their ‘signature thing’. I told her I didn’t really like cartoons, so she ‘assigned’ me Winnie the Pooh since I have a big tummy.
Now, every year, I get Winnie the Pooh-themed gifts for my birthday and Christmas. So far I’ve gotten embroidered overalls, pajama pants, numerous stuffed toys, a stamp set, wall decals, ornaments, earrings, a stencil to use to paint him on my walls, and even a gift certificate to a tattoo parlor to get the ol’ bear and his honey jar inked on my skin.
9. Third Time’s The Charm
My husband was married before marrying me. His mother kept their wedding pictures on her living room walls. When asked why, her response was, “We knew her before you and she will always be a part of this family. Isn’t she beautiful?” Oh, okay.
During our marriage, my mother-in-law also made sure that her son’s ex-wife attended family functions where we were present as well. Needless to say, he remarried again after I divorced him. Third times the charm, right?
8. Seems A Bit Extreme
I sat around having dinner with my husband’s family one night and the father-in-law asks my husband and I if we wanted to have a child. We both said not as of the moment, to which the mother-in-law replies “But what’s the point of your marriage? If you don’t want children.”
I then told her it was because I wanted to commit to her son and spend my life with him. I could tell she totally didn’t get it. After a few minutes of silence, she pipes up with “To be honest, if you’re not going to have children, what’s the point in being alive?” They’re a big part of the reason we’re not together anymore.
7. Rudeness Level: 1000
My mother-in-law didn’t allow me to have WiFi or data on my phone and would randomly check my phone to make sure I wasn’t talking to boys or sending any nudes. Like, really? As soon as I came out, my husband knew something had happened, so he went back in and asked his mom to not cause any problems today.
When I walk back in past her, she mutters under her breath, “You sneaky brat,” I whirl around to get out a “What did you just call me?” As she reaches the front door to start screaming on the front porch, “Oh screw you! I will not have you treat me like this in my son’s house. I knew you would take him from me. You brat!” I yelled back, “Don’t bother coming back in until you apologize.” She then sat in her car for two hours refusing to speak to her son or me while telling everyone else there that day that I had started it all.
6. Just So You Know!
When I had my daughter, my mother-in-law came to visit us in the hospital. She held my baby for a moment, handed her back to me, and said, “Just so you know, I’m a grandmother, not a baby sitter.” I’m pretty sure my jaw was still on the floor when she left five minutes later.
My favorite one is – she would regularly walk around the house in just a bra and thong, even when we’re visiting. Since my husband witnessed it growing up, he thought it was normal until I pointed out that it definitely isn’t.
5. Am I Not Part of the Family?
My mother-in-law always says how cute pictures of my nieces are but never says that about my son. I know. I sound petty. But the difference in her reaction to my nieces and my child is so stark; you can’t help but notice it.
This weekend she said my son has “sleepy eyes” and looks like “a cute sleepy Donald Duck.” I don’t know if she was saying it as a compliment, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. She also proudly showed me a family photo album, all of the other family members are there, expect my son and me.
4. The Wedding Wrecker
Less than 10 minutes before we were all supposed to walk down the aisle, my mother-in-law comes rushing back to tell me the toilet paper is out in the ladies restroom and then asks me to go fill it. Sorry, MIL, I’m already wearing a big white dress.
Also, she recently flagged one of the wedding photos on Facebook as “offensive” because she “never liked how she looked in that photo”… five years after the fact. She also continually insinuates that I’m fancy and she’s not good enough.
3. That’s a Very Sweet of You, Thanks!
My mother-in-law told me about how her one good friend passed away and her friend’s SO remarried. I said If I were in her friend’s shoes, I’d be sad cause I would feel like I was replaced because I hoped to grow old with my SO.
She then said she would hope my SO would find a nice woman to remarry so my toddler would have another “mom” to take care of her grandchild. She said it like it wasn’t a big deal. It makes me want to bawl to this day.
2. Stop Talking Already
Shortly after our wedding, my mother-in-law said, “Are you still on the pill? I hope you are, I’m too young to be a grandma!” Three years later, “Why oh why won’t you give me grandchildren?!”
During pregnancy, I received so many weird tips from her and she told me, “It’s your fault if something goes wrong.” Two days after the baby was born, she said, “Are you sure there isn’t another one in there? That belly sure is still big. Mine went away immediately.” And in general, she knows it ALL because “I’ve seen it on TV.”
1. Excuse Me, It’s OUR Wedding
My step-MIL made me cry within the first five minutes of meeting her by instantly challenging me on why our parents were not listed on the wedding announcement. Short answer: both of us have divorced/remarried parents… for a total of eight parents. We kind of wanted OUR names to be the memorable thing on the announcement, not the list of people at the top.
Secondly, we are in our 30’s and paid for our own wedding, so it’s not like they threw the party. It’s not hideous, but it set the tone for our relationship and I’ve been terrified of her since that first “chat.”