If you have a great mother-in-law that can double as your BFF, consider yourself lucky. You can also consider yourself in the minority. It seems that mother-in-laws are the fabled ball and chain—jokes have been made about terrible mother-in-laws for decades.
I personally was fortunate enough to marry into a family without an overbearing or insane mother-in-law. I’m not very close to my MIL because she’s a reserved person. Though my in-laws live only 45 minutes away, we don’t see them as often as we would like because they stay very busy.
But that is just a minor complaint since there are far worse things in the world. You may have a terrible in-law story of your own (that I’m dying to hear). You can also comfort yourself that you don’t have one of these awful real-life mother-in-laws that must be avoided at all costs:
1. The Devil Herself
This forum post was titled “The Devil Herself.” I bet you didn’t know you were marrying into Satan’s family, did you? In all seriousness, I really hope I never have to call the cops on a family member.
2. A Controlling, Jealous Witch
A controlling mother-in-law may be the worst of all—it’s nearly impossible to call her out on her manipulative ways.
3. High School Mean Girl
My mother-in-law is definitely not a mean girl, but I’m also grateful that my husband doesn’t have any sisters. I never have to think about women in his family ganging up on me or being catty. It’s just not going to happen.
4. Meanest Person On The Earth
The “Meanest Person On The Earth” is a difficult title to achieve, so this mother-in-law must be a real treat. I’d say that calling a daughter-in-law a terrible mother day after day earns her that crown.
5. Crazy MIL From Hell
I fully understand that “crazy” is not a term to be thrown around lightly, especially when it comes to mental illness and suicide. However, this post was titled “I Have a Crazy Mother In Law.” I can’t even imagine a MIL threatening suicide out of jealousy. I seriously hope this woman gets some help.