Her mother-in-law moved in to help her and her husband out and offered to cook meals and watch their child. But little did they know their child was already getting abused!
A Happy Family
OP (Original Poster) and her husband have a 10-year-old daughter named Susie.
Both OP and her husband work in the medical field. This led to their schedules being unpredictable.
To help the family out, OP’s mother-in-law moved in and took care of things while they were working. She also agreed to watch their daughter when she gets home from school.
OP explained, “She makes dinner the nights we’re working late for our daughter. As my mother-in-law loves to cook, she assured us that it would be no trouble for her to make our daughter dinner most nights.”
One day, OP and her husband finally have an evening off together after working crazy schedules. They decided to make dinner together while her mother-in-law went out with friends.
Sick and Starved
However, while OP and her husband were making dinner, they soon discovered that all was not well. Susie cried to them, saying she was “tired of being starved most nights.”
Susie begged her parents to start making her dinners from now on instead of her grandmother.
Both parents were shocked and wanted to figure out what was going on. After talking to their daughter, they discovered that OP’s mother-in-law had only prepared dishes with mushrooms as the main component.
This had been going on for over a week, and Susie was famished.
One Out of Many
Susie was not a picky eater by any means, and it was well-known by everyone in the family how much Susie hated mushrooms. She doesn’t like the taste, texture, and smell of them.
Her mother-in-law knew this but still insisted on only making dishes like “portobello mushroom burgers, mushroom risotto, mushroom pasta, etc.”
Not Hungry for Mushrooms
To make things worse, OP’s mother-in-law made sure only to make these dishes when OP and her husband weren’t around. If they were home, her mother-in-law would cook a typical dinner.
When Susie politely asked to be excused from eating mushrooms, her grandmother would tell her, “Suit yourself, but you’re not getting any other food the rest of the night.” She also told Susie she needed to “outgrow this stupid mushroom hatred.”
Ready to Wage War
Both OP and her husband were extremely angry that their child had been sent to bed hungry every night. They knew Susie wasn’t picky and that it was only mushrooms that she had an issue with.
So, OP decided to confront her mother-in-law over the issue.
The moment she confronted her mother-in-law, she blew up at OP! She shouted that Susie needed to “grow up” and “get over” her hatred of mushrooms.
Starving Her Grandchild
OP wasn’t about to take this lying down, though. She informed her mother-in-law that she was essentially starving her own granddaughter every night.
Sadly, her mother-in-law didn’t see things the same way and laughed it off, calling it “tough love.”
OP’s mother-in-law only grew more irate. She proceeded to call OP a “s*** mother for prioritizing her career over raising her child.”
After that, she pointed out that as a mom, OP should be helping her get over Susie’s “dislike toward a vegetable.”
Mercilessly Kicked Out
OP finally had enough of her mother-in-law’s tirade. She told her mother-in-law she couldn’t “disrespect” her like that and kicked her out of the house.
Her mother-in-law left, but not before she hurled a few choice insults at OP. She wrote, “She ended up leaving but had some nasty things to say to me on the way out.”
Jumping on the Bandwagon
OP noted that her husband was “100% on her side and felt that his mother was out of line.” Unfortunately, other family members didn’t feel the same way.
Since OP kicked her mother-in-law out, they’ve been getting a nonstop onslaught of rude text messages, calling them every name in the book. They even went so far as to say that Susie needed to “get over herself.”
Insights From Redditors
Redditors unanimously stated that OP wasn’t wrong for kicking her mother-in-law out for starving her daughter.
One user summed up the general feeling of the community by saying, “Not the a**hole. Your mother-in-law is a bully. Deliberately making the one thing your daughter doesn’t like to the extent that she’d rather not eat at all is horrible. It’s also a great way to ruin the relationship between grandma and granddaughter. Also, the fact that she’s been deliberately hiding it from you? Yeah, your mother-in-law is the a**hole.”
Another Redditor noticed the strange behavior, saying, “Not the a**hole. It’s not even like it’s a difficult ingredient to exclude or something important for her health. I’m an adult who hates mushrooms and hasn’t eaten them in at least two decades, and I’m fine.”
Standing Up Against Abuse
Redditors also sympathized with OP in terms of the abuse hurled toward her and her husband.
One commenter said, “Not the a**hole. Hold firm against the abuse you’re receiving. You did the right thing, and maybe now is the time to put some distance between yourselves and the in-laws until they’re ready to apologize.”
Another user summed up the situation perfectly with, “Your child, your house, your rules.”
What do you think? Did OP and her husband do the right thing by kicking the woman who was starving their child, or did they go too far?
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This post first appeared as She Kicked Her Mother-In-Law Out for Starving Her Daughter, Just Because She Disliked Mushrooms. Her Mom-In-Law Says It’s a “Stupid Mushroom Hatred,” but She’s Way Out of Line! on Quote Ambition.