Dear Mother-in-Law, It’s My Baby and My Turn to Be the Parent
Welcome to motherhood! Having a new baby is one of the most joyful and challenging times for any parent. I’m sure you’ve witnessed the struggles of other parents in the same situation as I. While my husband and I are both thrilled to have a child, we understand it’s a major life-change and one that can be difficult to adjust to.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have your help with our baby and we’re thankful for it. You have been a great source of advice and support throughout this journey. We appreciate all you’ve done.
However, there is one thing I want to talk to you about. While I am always grateful for your input and opinions, I also want to make clear that it is my baby, and it is my turn to be the parent. That means I will be the one making the decisions on how to care for and raise our child.
Why This Is My Parenting Moment
This is my moment to be a parent, and I don’t want my decisions to be influenced by anyone except my husband and I. We understand that you have done it before, and have valuable advice and insight to share, but in the end, it is our child, and we have the final say.
Also, it’s important for us to have a united front when it comes to parenting. That way, our child will understand that decisions are made together and not just by one parent. Establishing this now will help to make things easier when it comes time to discuss rules, boundaries, and discipline.
Your Continued Support
I still value your help and support and I want to continue to involve you in our parenting journey. I just want you to know that in the end, it is my job to parent my child and make the decisions that I believe are best, regardless of anyone’s opinion.
Here are some ways you can help as we raise our baby:
- Offer your support and advice when asked for it
- Respect our decisions, even if you don’t agree
- Allow us to do things our way and trust that we will do our best
- Encourage our baby and be an important figure in their life, like a grandparent should be
Your cooperation, understanding, and respect of my role as the parent are truly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for everything else you do.