We both call our respective In-Laws by their first names. I would feel weird calling my MIL Mum, she is not my Mum, and if she were, that would be weird in itself!
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23-11-2014 21:30 #31
23-11-2014 21:39 #32
Dh and I have talked about this because our parents refer
to their Inlaws as 'mum' and 'dad'
We decided it was not for us, it just felt so unnatural. I call my Inlaws by their first name or refer to them as 'dhs mum' and 'dhs dad'
23-11-2014 21:40 #33
Has it ever come up in convo with your parents what they think of it? (What they think of him calling them Mum & Dad).
23-11-2014 21:46 #34
I don't think my DHs sister... Well our BIL calls them mum and dad. .. But they live far away and we've never all been together so I don't know.
Honestly I just think DH is overreacting about it. He stopped talking about it now. ... so I think I'll leave it be! !!!
I won't change though. For me it feels wrong. I chose my husband. ... But I didn't pick them to be my parents. I have parents.
23-11-2014 21:46 #35Senior Member
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I find it a bit odd to call your in-laws mum and dad. Each to their own but if you don't want to then don't. As for your husband, I think the needs to grow up and get over himself.
23-11-2014 22:01 #36
I've tried! It feels so awkward! So I don't! 😊
23-11-2014 22:04 #37
I get on with my inlaws but would never call them mum or dad. I would find it weird if dh called my dad 'dad' as well. My mum passed away a long time before I met dh, so that would be even weirder.
23-11-2014 22:17 #38
I call my in laws by their names, purely because they're not my 'Mum and Dad'.
Dh calls my parents their names also, but for my Mum he has a nickname for her as a term of endearment.
23-11-2014 22:31 #39
I tend to call them nana and grandad, as dd does. I grew up with both my parents referring to their in-laws as mum and dad but for me it just feels strange
23-11-2014 22:40 #40
I call my inlaws by their names (or nan and pop when the kids are around). I tried to call them mum and dad but it just feels so weird and forced. My mum is everything to me and I never really had a dad so for me the title of mum and dad is earned with a special level of connection not just acquired. I think it is kinda like if I tried to make my DSS's call me mum. I am not their mum so I wont try to be, they can call me by my name. Plus, I am just not that close to them. DP's mum is overbearing and pushy which keeps our relationship from getting any closer and DP's step dad is very quiet and shy as am I so it will be hard for us to get close. I plain hate DP's birth father so the best I can mention is civility providing he doesn't push me too far.
I think it is totally up to you what you choose to call people in that situation. You are an adult and have the right to do what feels right for you. If your DP cant understand how you feel that is a bit sad for him. Too bad so sad you know?
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