A distraught mother took to Reddit looking for opinions after she kicked her mother–in–law out of her house for starving her 10-year-old daughter. The following story is a lot to swallow if you dislike a musky veggie-like food.
Her Daughter Is Not a Picky Eater, but Hates Mushrooms
OP and her husband have a 10-year-old daughter who is a good kid and generally not a picky eater. But the girl absolutely cannot stand anything about mushrooms.
If there is even the hint of a mushroom in her food OP’s daughter will go hungry rather than try to choke it down. It’s a long-running food issue for her, and everyone in the family knows about it.
Besides the three of them, OP’s mother-in-law also lives with the family. Having her around has been a godsend for the most part because she pitches in to help so much with her granddaughter.
Both OP and her husband work in the medical field and have unpredictable schedules that so many healthcare professionals have to deal with.
They Work Long Hours
They’re usually not home for dinner, so their daughter can’t count on them to make a meal for her.
And that’s one of the places where OP’s mother-in-law has been so helpful.
The older woman makes dinner for her granddaughter every night like clockwork, and the girl’s parents don’t have to worry about a thing.
One night recently, though, both OP and her husband happened to have the evening off at the same time. So they decided to make dinner together, allowing Grandma to go out with friends.
Her Daughter Started Crying and Begged Them To Stay Home
When she saw her parents making dinner, OP’s daughter started crying and begged them to stay home with her every night.
She said that her grandmother was starving her when they weren’t around.
Confused by what her daughter could be talking about, OP pressed the girl for details.
It seems that OP’s mother-in-law had been cooking dinner for her granddaughter every night. She also served up quite a variety, from hamburgers to risotto to pasta.
Mil Was Starving Her Daughter!
The problem was that every dish the older woman served OP’s daughter had mushrooms in it.
And when the girl refused to eat, her grandmother would say that was fine but that she wasn’t getting any other food the rest of the night.
So, night after night, OP’s daughter went to bed with no dinner, starving until morning.
OP was furious and confronted her mother-in-law when she returned from her night out with friends.
And Needed To Overcome Her Stupid Mushroom Phobia
The older woman admitted that everything her granddaughter had said was true, and she seemed proud.
OP’s mother-in-law said that her granddaughter needed to grow up and overcome her stupid mushroom phobia.
When OP accused her of starving the little girl, her MIL said it was tough love!
And then OP’s mother-in-law turned the tables on her, saying she was a crappy mother because she put her job ahead of her kid.
“The Little Girl Needs To Get Over Herself”
She said OP should spend some time trying to help her daughter overcome her silly fear of a simple vegetable.
That was the end of the line for OP, who told her mother-in-law to leave her house. She said no one would disrespect her in her own house, especially someone mistreating her daughter.
OP’s mother-in-law left the house, but she had some choice words on the way out.
Now, OP and her husband are bombarded by calls and texts from his sisters and mother. They’re furious that OP booted her mother-in-law and say the little girl needs to get over herself.
It’s Wrong To Try and Force a Child To Eat Food They Don’t Like
But OP can’t stand the thought of what her mother-in-law did to her daughter, and she doesn’t know when she’ll get over the betrayal, if ever.
Redditors can hardly believe this story, and almost all of them think the mother-in-law is the problem. For whatever reason, she’s decided to jump into a power play with a 10-year-old girl.
Most commenters think it’s wrong to try and force a child to eat food they don’t like, too.
And, while some agree that OP’s actions were harsh, most think she was justified in protecting her daughter.
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