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Default  Posted: 5:49 AM, March 20th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I also have the MIL from hell. Opposed our marriage, still doesn't pretend to like me. Has done her best to undermine me, etc. The positive thing is that my WH NEVER tolerated that crap. However I do want you to consider some thoughts:

One of the things WH has spent a lot of time thinking about in IC is the fact that he never openly rebelled from his mother's controlling ways when he was a kid. He just went along with it, and internalized the message that her constant picking at his behavior meant that he wasn't good enough. His way of dealing with this was compartmentalization. Your WH sounds like his mechanism is conflict avoidance. Both of these things are part of the reason behind an A. (We've talked a lot about how much the OW actually looks like his mom, gross as that is.)

Gotta go wake the kids up, but I do want you to push this a bit further. Your WH has to change his behaviors as a result of the A, and this is a really good place for him to start. He will likely feel MUCH better. As horrible as his mom's behavior is to you, imagine being brought up that way! This likely brings up so much inside him, and if he can resolve it, that will be a big step.

BS (me): 50
WS: 50
Married: 26 yrs
Kids: 2
OW: Co-worker, 7 yr LTA
DD 8/1/2012, Working on R

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Default  Posted: 9:38 AM, March 20th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hope, can you have a family emergency suddenly pop up? One that requires you to leave town for a week?

I think this is a great idea and take the kids with you.

I doubt your hubby will get this visit right. It takes practice and failure to stand up to people like your MIL. He's got a big mountain to climb and it's almost certain he will fail. That's just going to just hurt you more. Not worth the risk. The risk at this point is too great. He's not prepared enough to not let you down.

She wants to plan and visit with her darling baby boy then she can. You and the kids go somewhere else-this time.

He couldn't even tell you they were coming for sure and when? You have every right to be completely pissed off about that. That's just more conflict avoidance. How long has his therapist been working on conflict avoidance with him? Maybe he needs someone new that will push him a little more. Your hubby seems very "new" in this aspect for someone having been in therapy for many years.

DD-March 2010
TT for 6 months
Unremorseful for 3.5 years

Delay is the deadliest form of denial. - C. Northcote Parkinson

Your standards aren't up for negotiation just because he/she can't meet them.

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