Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wifey's Weekly Q and A
My mother-in-law keeps buying me stuff for my house. She brings over little things that I don’t need and quite frankly, that I don’t like. I want to tell her to stop but I don’t want to be rude. What should I do?
- Mrs. Suffocated with Stuff
Dear Mrs. Suffocated with Stuff:
Don’t tell her to stop. If you do it will probably come across mean and could put a strain on your relationship. Moms and mother-in-laws buy “stuff” for their kids. That’s just something that many of them like to do. Say thank you and accept her gifts gracefully.
If she lives out of town you should keep everything that she buys you stored together then when she comes to visit you can place some of it out around your house. If she lives in town you are not obligated to use everything that she bought for you – especially if you don’t like it – but finding one or two things that work in your home would be a thoughtful gesture.
Winks & Smiles,
How about you? Does your mother or mother-in-law constantly give you stuff? Is it fab or drab? And what do you do with it? Wives everywhere want to know ...
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