Unwelcome Visitors

Q: My mother-in-law is coming to visit. I have a very stressful job and really don’t feel up to company. Especially her. The last time she was here she re-arranged my cupboards. She said they weren’t efficient! I agree they are faster and easier to get to now but it took me almost all year to be able to find things. My husband is thrilled she’s coming so no excuse I can think of will keep her away. Do you have any ideas?

A: I think the real reason you don’t want to see your mother-in-law is that she makes you feel like a child. Telling you how to arrange your cupboards must seem just like your mother telling you how to clean your room. You’re an adult now and interactions such as these can be frustrating. The best way to keep your mother-in-law from mothering you is to keep her busy doing other things. Does she like to shop? Are there nearby local attractions such as aquariums, waterfront areas, specialized shopping? Are there interesting places to take her to dinner (and keep her from doing your dishes!). Get creative. I’m sure there are dozens of things to keep her busy and out of your cupboards.

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