Our expert says:
You know, I don't like hearing "my husband is very strict with him/her" - discipline should be fair and never excessive, and should be identical when administered by either parent, as they should be consistent about such things. And all the children in a family, regardles of who their biomom or biodad is, should be treated equally under the same set of reasonable rules and consequences.
From your description, your husband is being extremely childish, and punishin a child for not ( in his view ) loving him enough - while behaving in a way that would make it hard for any child to love him.
Similarly, your mother-in-law is behaving badly and unfairly, and should treat all the children equally, whether or not they contain her particular genes.
Family therapy, perhaps starting with marriage counselling, is really indicated before these two childish and selfish "adults" cause needless damage and sadness to a child who deserves none of this discrimination
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