Our expert says:
I wonder WHY he considers it so important to limit the child's access to getting to know a wider range of people, and to keep her human contacts so highly limited to within the family ? What harm does he think might come to her if your plan was followed ? If, as you say, his parents are forever criticisng you, it may be that he is simply carrying out their wishes, based on their unfair and unhelpful assumption that they always know best. If their child-rearing practices led to their producing in your husband a grown man who obeys his parents wishes even when these are unreasonable, then their way is not one to be recommended. <br>And your point about the traffic problem illustrates how absurd it would be to pander to these hyper-critical and over-controlling folks. Could you persuade your husband to join you in marriage counselling ? I cannot believe that ANYONE with the slightest scrap of good sense could be calling you selfish in this --- it is your husband and his parents who are being selfish, and insisting on satisfying their own whims, irrespective of the impact on the child or on you. <br>And when grandparents resort to cheap and nasty blackmail of the " jump when I say jump or we take you out of our will" school, they should be told graphically exactly where they can put their wills, and the parents ought to declare their own independence. <br>I hope other readers can suggest some practical ways to deal with this, apart from getting good legal advice.
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