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Mum asks mother-in-law to buy grandson a book – but it doesn't end way she hoped



When it comes to in-laws, it seems there will always be something that irritates you about them.

Perhaps they love to drop by unannounced a little too often or maybe they’re very vocal in their opinions on your parenting style.

It could be anything.

For one woman, the thing that really bothers her about her mother-in-law is the presents she buys for her children.

Parenting blogger Mel Watts, also known as The Modern Mumma, has taken to Facebook to share an amusing rant about the most recent gift her mother-in-law had purchased for her grandson’s birthday.

Mel claims they’d asked the woman for a book, but that’s most definitely not what the child ended up with.

Instead of some new reading material, the little boy was given an “oversized super cheap tent” which Mel seems less than impressed with.

In her post, which has been liked hundreds of times so far, she wrote: “Yep. Here is what no one requested for their birthday. I mean it’s similar to a book right?!

“Every time I suggest something she [mother-in-law] triples it in size and noise level. I know why, her son was an absolute w**k job as a kid – She’s paying him back which in turn makes me pay.

“So here is the oversized super cheap tent she had to order for him that no one asked for. However Sonny thinks it’s the bees knees!

She added: “I can’t wait for Nanny day – all kids get a shot of red bull and a face full of face paint. How’s your white leather lounge now Karen (Trish).”

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Many people were quick to respond to the post to tell the mum they felt her pain.

One person said: “We got a Thomas the Tank Engine lawn chair set from my mother-in-law for my son’s birthday one year, it was hideous and not at all useful. We kindly gave it back to her and asked if my son could use it at her house instead!”

Another replied: “Omg! I hear ya! My MIL got my daughter a frickin’ karaoke machine…Seriously! Why! Just why!”

A third proclaimed: “Oh I feel your pain.. I hate playdough. Everyone knows I bloody hate playdough… The kids got playdough for Christmas last year.”

However some people didn’t find the post very amusing.

One woman, who also happens to be a mother-in-law wrote: “Wow, as a mother-in-law I didn’t know you guys had so much anger, were so demanding and so judgemental. I didn’t have a MIL myself and would have been happy just to have her loving my kids. Learnt something new today.”

Mel responded saying: “It’s a joke love”.

Clearly she didn’t find it very funny though. Oh well…

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