I've been married twice, so that means I've had to navigate relationships with two sets of in-laws. Spoiler alert: it hasn't been easy. To be honest, my relationships with my mothers-in-law haven't always been the greatest, and to make matters worse, I've learned all about the creepy things your mother-in-law will definitely do. Yay marriage, right?
Sometimes I really do think our mothers-in-law mean well. They probably (and hopefully) don't realize how inappropriate and downright creepy it is to ask you about your sex life, or other personal things related to your intimate relationship with their child, like your plans for breastfeeding, when your baby was conceived, or if you delivered vaginally. Then there are the things they do to stay connected, like stalk you on social media or call you every hour, on the hour, for weeks on end. My new mother-in-law even asked to be in the delivery room when I had my youngest child. M6y response? Nope. See also: inviting herself to your house or showing up and walking in unannounced.
Then there's the fact that my mother-in-law claims to want to be helpful, but she only ever wants to do it on her terms. So, when she visits, she'll walk right into our laundry room and start doing my laundry, including folding and putting away my lingerie, without asking first. When I try to take a break from being social by hiding in the bathroom or bedroom, she will come find me, asking me if I'm OK and sometimes even walking in without knocking.
I wish my mother-in-law would learn some boundaries, or at least respect the ones I have managed to set. So if you have a mother-in-law, or are a mother-in-law, read on for some horrific examples of things that will totally creep any daughter-in-law out.