Tonight, my mother-in-law is coming over to babysit both boys (ages 3.5 years and 3.5 months) and put them to bed while hubby and I have a night on the town. I must be in a really crabby mood today because I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see how this is all going to go. She had just one child (my husband, of course) so ever since our second child was born, I have felt like she really doesn’t understand what we’re going through — the thing to understand here is that she is one of those people who thinks she knows everything and has all the answers — no one else has any points worth considering, as far as she’s concerned.
For this reason, I have talked with her very little over the past few months. I just can’t endure the bits of wisdom that she spouts off. I find myself wanting to say, “Can’t you just listen to me for once? Can’t you just consider the possibility that I might know what I’m talking about?”
So anyway, when she spends time with my oldest son, Adam, she gives him all of her attention. I wouldn’t say that she spoils him, exactly (she does expect a lot when it comes to overall behavior), but she does give him ALL of her attention. In fact, if you as an adult are in the same room, you can oftentimes just forget about trying to have a conversation with her.
So, how will she cope with having to care for Adam and also a crabby baby, at the same time? That is what I’d like to know. It’s not that I wish ill upon her, but I am so tired of her know-it-all attitude about all things parenting that I sure would like to see her walk a mile in my shoes.