My MIL is the opposite to most in this thread that are overbearing and domineering. She frankly couldn't give a stuff about us, which really upsets me and despite DH making out he doesn't care I know he does.
DH was recently in hospital and she popped in for literally 10 mins (while he wasn't on deaths door he was quite ill). Her response after 10 mins?
MIL: I have to go now, I have the dogs in the car.
She cares about those stupid dogs more than she does about us. LEAVE THE FREAKING DOGS AT HOME AND SPEND TIME WITH YOUR SICK SON
She drops in maybe every 3 months or so (she lives 5 mins from us) and every.single. time it's just a drop off for something for the kids with...
MIL - Just dropping this in. My babies are in the car and I need to get dinner on (it's 2pm).
DH used to take the kids around to visit once a week, but after months of effort with nothing in return he grew tired of it and stopped. He takes the kids around after a break.
MIL - gee, I never see the kids or you anymore, you never come around now.
Urrmm you can visit us you know???