How to balance your own life when your living in someone else's life?

Tara - posted on 02/26/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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So my daughter and I and my fiance living with the "MIL" and my question is, how do I balance having my own life when I am so wrapped up in her's. I know that when you live in someone else's house you play by their rules....but I seem so on egg shells everyday about my MILS rules that I can't seem to find my own life! I don't want to talk badly of anyone, but my MIL is absolutely off the chain! OCD crazy overbearing..just has made my life here miserable. So how do I parent and do what I need to do to develop my relationship with my child and have my own life? By the way my daughter and I are here all day without a car while my fiance works...HELP!

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Corinne - posted on 02/26/2012

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Wow, let me give you a medal now 'cause there is no way I could live with my in-laws. I think you should sit down with your fiance and M.I.L and have a chat about your expectations of each other. Say for instance, you expect her not to interfere when you are disciplining your child and she expects you to help with dinner. Let her know that you are feeling overwhelmed with the balancing act and while you respect that fact that you are living under her roof, you also need room to breathe and grow as a family.

What is it about her that is so overbearing? Does she work? Does she ask you to take on more than 'your' share? Let us know how you get on. x

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