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22+ People Who Shared Their Mother-In-Law Horror Stories

Finding and marrying your soulmate is hard enough as it is. Making sure you get along with their parents too, is damn-near impossible.

Some people get really unlucky. Not only do they not get along with their in-laws, it's a full-blown, relentless war between them. Here are the worst of the worst in-law stories that will make you never want to get married.

Way to steal the bride's thunder.

"The night of our rehearsal dinner she stood up and said that she wanted to say something (we all assumed she was making a toast).

What she actually wanted to do was tell us all that on the Wednesday following our wedding SHE was getting married.

Get married, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

"She screamed at me from the front porch 'Oh [expletive] you! I will not have you treat me like this in my son’s house. I knew you would take him from me. You [expletive] [expletive]!’”

Some people really aren't interested in having grand kids, I guess.

“I’m divorced now, but when I was married, my parents-in-law offered (as a gift) to pay for me to have a vasectomy.

At the time, I wasn’t planning on getting one, and neither my then-wife nor I had breathed one word to them about our future plans to have kids or not have kids.”

This should be illegal.

“My mother-in-law is obsessed with having grandkids, and is in complete denial that my husband and I aren’t planning on having any. Last time she visited, she stole one of my birth control pills, I guess thinking that I wouldn’t notice.”

Never assume someone is pregnant. Things can get very awkward.

"On the way out the door to go to the rehearsal dinner for my wedding, my mother-in-law patted my stomach and asked if there was 'something I wanted to let everyone know' about why we were getting married, implying I looked pregnant."

Everybody knows you should never mess with a bride on her wedding day.

"My mother-in-law wore a wedding dress to my wedding."


It's the most wonderful time of the year.

"The ex-in-laws liked shopping for gifts months or even years in advance, such that for the first several holidays with my ex, I received gifts that they had picked out for his ex-girlfriend."

Oh, how thoughtful!

Like I said, never mess with a bride on her wedding day. Just don't.

"She went around telling people she was pregnant on my wedding day. She wasn't. It was the start of menopause."

I bet being a crazy cat lady doesn't seem so bad now, does it?

"My ex-MIL hated me. I was white and her son was black. But she is also white. She said I was polluting his mind, body and spirit. When we called to say we were engaged, she immediately started in about how I must be pregnant because otherwise her son wouldn't be so convinced to marry such a vile woman."

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

"Less than 10 minutes before we were all supposed to walk down the aisle, my MIL comes rushing back to tell me the toilet paper is out in the lady's restroom and then asks me to go fill it."

To each their own.

"My ex MiL thought tampons were only for women who wanted [it] so much they just wanted something in their vag. Tampons were sexually suggestive and best left avoided"

Well then, I guess the wedding is cancelled.

"When my mom called her to share her joy that our families would be joined and ask if she had a guest list for the engagement party so my mom could send invitations, she screamed and very rudely told her "Our children aren't getting married."

Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

"Called my mother a few weeks before our wedding to express her relief that we would 'no longer be living in sin.' A little back story here, my FIL divorced her after she had a long affair."

Some people just can't take a joke.

"Almost dropped my son, and when I half-joking said 'don't drop the baby!', lost her [expletive] on me and I walked out"

When you accidentally marry into the worst family ever.

"Said she gave birth to my son, said no one thought my husband and I would make it, and believes Obama was sent by the devil to imprint us all with the mark of the beast"

I think it's more likely that she was sent by the devil to imprint us all with the mark of the beast. Just a theory.

When your mother-in-law thinks you're living in the 1800's.

"She told me that I was a bad wife because I didn't make lunch for my husband every day"

Not sure this mother-in-law understands how marriage works.

"My MIL said that my husband's finances are none of my business. But I have to disagree."

God-forbid you give birth to your child when you're supposed to.

"My mother-in-law got mad at me for having my daughter while she was on vacation during the two weeks surrounding my due date."

Flagging a photo on Facebook because you don't like how you look in it is so extreme.

"Recently flagged one of the wedding photos on Facebook as 'offensive' because she 'never liked how she looked in that photo'... five years after the fact."

This is just plain childish.

“She stuck her tongue out, put bunny ears on my wife, and generally didn’t cooperate for any of the wedding photos. She said ‘no’ and kept talking to her table when I asked for everyone’s attention to give a toast,”

This is some hot tea right here.

"Shortly after my engagement I had to send my ring in to be resized because it was a little too big. My MIL asked me where my ring was and I said it was being resized because it was half a size too big. She said: 'Why make it smaller! You’ll get fatter anyways and it’ll fit fine!'"

This is kind of hilarious.

"My MIL is extremely negative. My favorite example was when we went to the Holocaust Museum for an exhibit on Nazi propaganda. When we came out, an employee of the museum asked us what we thought of it. My MIL told him 'It wasn't my cup of tea. Too depressing, and I think there was too much about Hitler.'"

Something tells me this wasn't accidental.

"My ex mother in law called me by her other sons' ex wife's name for the first three years I was married to her younger son."

Is it too late to teach them about boundaries?

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"Ex in-laws tried to invite themselves on our honeymoon. And stay in the same hotel room."