My Mother-In-Law Is Taking Over

My mother in law lives with us and I feel like she is trying to take over my family as her own she does the laundry cooking cleaning empties the dishwasher she is even trying to bathe the baby now and makes my husbands coffee she even sits and visits with him after work like a wife what can I do?

Freida in California, 50

Your mother-in-law is trying to help in her own way. It sounds like she wants to be needed and is trying to anticipate the needs of your different family members. She obviously has good energy, so maybe she can do some volunteer work or take on a new hobby. That could satisfy her need to be helpful, and she would genuinely be helping others who could use a friendly visitor or extra gift.

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