Kelly - posted on 12/21/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )
I am having some trouble with my in-laws, specifically my mother in law.
My husband's family, especially Mother in law, has never respected me. This shows itself in a number of ways, including refusing to acknowledge my own last name, which I didn't change to my husband's after we married. They refuse to come and visit us, but instead expect us to use our holiday time to come visit them. For the first 5 years of our relationship my mother in law refused to call me by my first name, instead using "her" or "that girl" to refer to me.
We now have a son, whose first birthday is Christmas Day. To date, 3 days before Christmas,we have not received a single birthday or Christmas Card for our son from my husband's family. I do not know what to do, if anything. I am heartbroken for my son, because I want him to know his cousins. If he didn't have any cousins on that side of the family, believe me I wouldn't have any contact with them. But I really want my little guy to have at least some contact with them as he grows up.
Looking for advice, especially regarding the in-laws lack of acknowledgement of son's birthday/Christmas.