I Felt Abandoned: My Son Chose His Mother-in-Law Over Me, Leaving Me Fuming

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Patricia is facing a challenging situation where her son has started providing financial support to his mother-in-law instead of her. This change in dynamics has left her feeling hurt and helpless. She believes that she should be her son’s priority, and has reached out to us for advice on navigating this delicate family issue.

Here is Patricia’s letter:

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Patricia! Here are some tips that we hope can be useful.

Your story is indeed heart-wrenching and your frustration is entirely understandable. It seems that your daughter-in-law (DIL) has overlooked your basic needs and genuine reliance on your son’s financial support. The distinction between your essential requirements and her mother’s apparent desire for health treatments is clear.

Your son has been your lifeline during these challenging times, and his support has made it possible for you to maintain a sense of security and stability. It’s important to communicate openly and honestly with your son about your feelings, emphasizing the gravity of the situation and the implications that your DIL’s decision may have on your well-being.

Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  • Reach out to your son directly: Have a candid conversation with him, sharing your perspective and reminding him of the value of the support you’ve received. Remember that he’s been there for you in the past, and he may be unaware of his wife’s decision.
  • Look into alternative support systems: While your son’s support has been vital, it’s wise to explore other avenues for assistance. Investigate government programs or local charities aimed at providing financial aid, food assistance, or other essential services for seniors.
  • Mediation or family counseling: Involving a neutral third party, such as a counselor or mediator, can help facilitate a constructive conversation with your son and daughter-in-law. They can help you address the issues at hand and find a fair resolution for all involved.

Lastly, prioritize self-care and seek emotional support from friends or loved ones during this trying time. We are rooting for you, Patricia, and we hope that you find a positive outcome in this challenging situation.

While we’ve shared one mother’s experience of feeling abandoned, another family has reached out to us with their unique struggle. In our next story, we explore the emotional dilemma created when a mother-in-law demands payment for babysitting her grandchild. Stay tuned to discover how this complex situation unfolds.


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This is truly heartbreaking. The son is abandoning his 100 year old mother? Shame on him! Sir, when you are 100 and need help from someone close, if they turn away from you don't be surprised. What goes around most likely will come back around.


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