What to say to MIL?

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  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Short story.
    Dh does not get along so well with his mom. She called today and while I don't know all the details they are losing there house. I guess they couldn't pay for it. We had no idea this was happening.
    Now they are getting an apartment close to us so I am sure we will be seeing them soon.
    Is there something I should say to her? I feel really bad about this, but I don't know how to react. We get along fine, but aren't close.
    Any advice? Do I send her a card or something? No idea here.
  2. portlandpeeps

    portlandpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2007
    Portland Oregon
    maybe send them a gift certificate for a dinner out if you can afford it. That would be a nice gesture, and it sounds like something they could appreciate right now. That's sad to hear they're losing their house! I think a card would also help show you care.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    Don't know as you need to say anything...especially if you aren't close...I might give a hang in there it will get better kind of thing...I am not of much help but [​IMG]
  4. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Well, it's none of my business, but since you asked...

    I would not offer any money, in any form (gift certs. etc) PERIOD. Unless you are in a position to do so. If you start that, even a little bit, they might start expecting it, or even ask for a loan. Most people can't afford that in this economy.

    I'm not trying to be cruel, but if you aren't close to them, don't start giving them money. It will only cause trouble between you and DH. If you want to make them dinner for their first night at their new apartment, that would be fine, but I wouldn't "buy" them anything. Maybe take a dozen eggs along, too?

  5. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2007
    You could ask if there is anything you could do to help. Most people will say 'no, but thanks for asking', or find some little thing that needs doing.
  6. Krysstyllanthrox

    Krysstyllanthrox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2008
    Ask your hubby what he is comfortable with. Since he does not have a good relationship with her he may not be interested in doing anything for them.

    I also second the poster that mentioned if you do it once they could come to expect it of you.
  7. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    I'd just offer your condolences and leave it at that - and if down the line, the relationship gets better, perhaps dinner or something along those lines.

    It's very hard when someone loses their home....even if you arent very close to them - a simple gesture goes a long way.

    Good luck to you both [​IMG]
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I agree w/ the other posts that no gifts/charity are needed. I would, however, ask your hubbie if he'd like to invite them over for dinner. Along htem their dignity: don't bring it up unless they do, then keep the discussion brief.
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i would leave it to hubby...they are his parents..
  10. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i'm with other replies. offer a sentiment, 'I am so sorry to hear of this' and leave it at that. put the ball in your DH's court. let him lead the path.

    don't offer anything for two reasons:
    a. it sets a precedent for you being able to 'help them out'
    b. it may make them feel uncomfortable even if they don't verbalize it.

    if you are not 'close' but in 'close proximity' remember your phone an doorbell are conveniences to YOU, not the person calling or ringing the bell. sit down and discuss how you and your DH want to share your time with his parents now, before the move so you are both on the same boat.


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