Our expert says:
Meddling MIL's are not uncommon, of course. But they can be even more troublesome when either spouse, especially the son, works for or with the MIL. A smothering mother ( or "smother" as I sometimes call them ) can stunt a guy's development, and keep him from maturing as he needs to. Where the situation is agreeable to both of them, its unlikely to change. Your best bet would probably be to se a marriage counsellor together, to explore these isues in some details, and work out a joint approach to managing her ( she will be reluctant to change her habits of a life-time ) and work things out between the pair of you. Directly telling HER how you see things, is unlikely to be welcomed by her or to lead to the changes you want.
The way he apparently handles it suits him, and seems to conist largely of ignoring her without letting her notice that he ignores her. But this behaviour on her side affects both of you, and needs a joint solution.
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