Family relationships can always be fraught with tension and drama, but there’s one family relationship that could stand out for having the most drama.

The Mother-In-Law-Daughter-In-Law relationship is one we hear all too often about for its unreasonable demands, bitter resentment, and the occasional passive-aggressive arguments.

One mother took to Mumsnet to vent about her mother-in-law’s odd habit.

“So my sister-in-law’s children call my mother-in-law ‘mama’,” she wrote. “My husband made it clear in the beginning that he didn’t feel comfortable with it and we wouldn’t be following the tradition.”

However, even though daughter-in-law set clear boundaries with her husband’s mother – she goes on to say that nothing much has changed 16 months later.

“Last night at her house my toddler was walking in the corridor shouting mama and just before she opened the door to come to me I heard my mother-in-law interrupt my toddler and say: ‘no that’s mum, I’m mama, mama mama mama’.”

“She is quite overbearing and will refuse to say ‘my grandchildren’ she will say ‘my daughter, my child’ etc so I think she’s refusing to acknowledge she isn’t the only mother around?”


And commenters weren’t always on board with ‘Mama’s’ grand plan.

“This is so weird! This would make me so cross! Tell her she calls herself nanna or similar or she doesn’t see DD!”

“Mama is obviously what your child calls you,” one person wrote. “She’s Nana or whatever. She’s also a nut.”

“She’s your child. Keep correcting her,” another wrote, “‘Silly granny, she’s not Mama’ will do the trick.'”

What do you think? How would you act in this situation?

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