Jessica - posted on 10/14/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )
This isn't really a debate but I just kind of want some feedback on this. As a background, MIL is very religious. Goes to church every Sunday, reads the bible all the time, etc. DH and I are not so much. Well, I don't consider myself Christian (or anything else for that matter)- I'm not against it necessarily, I just haven't found a way to really believe in it because I'm too skeptical. DH is Christian but is very quiet about it. More in the personal relationship with God kind of way, not the open mainstream, pushy way that his mom is.
DH's mom insists on praying before every single meal. Whether we're at her house or someone else's, out to eat or having a casual lunch of delivered pizza. I find it kind of irritating, but whatever. The thing that really rubs me the wrong way however, is whenever we're together she insists on trying to "teach" Kieran how to pray. He's 16 months. She folds his hands together and tries to get him into it and to say amen when she's done, I mean really tries to teach him. Again, doesn't matter where we are- even if we're at a restaurant or at our own house, she does it. I know its altogether probably a harmless thing and that there are certainly worse things she could be doing with my son, but I'm not religious at all, DH isn't openly religious and we don't do the whole praying thing. I just don't feel like its her place to step in and try to teach him that- that should be something that we will handle as a family when he's older. It just really pisses me off. But, I don't know if I am over reacting or not? Because lots of things she does tend to annoy the crap out of me, so I can't tell if its just me being bitchy because its her, or if she's genuinely stepping out of line here. Thoughts?