shutterstock_8661490If 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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