MIL - Everybody needs a few of them..... DH and I are leaving this weekend for a vacation with my DD and DS and the DGD. We all pitched in and rented a beach house. My son and daughter dont see each other often so this should be a nice time for all of us. Unfortunately my MIL can be very difficult and lately has managed to push most of the family away with her demands, complaints and opinions. I honestly believe she suffers from a mental illness as everything in the world must revolve around her at all times. The majority of conversations with her involve discussion someone elses life or problems, with her offering her advice and opinions on how to fix it all. And if you choose NOT to take her advice, you are in deep trouble and continually nagged at, etc. Anyway, none of us felt that we wanted to invite her on vacation with us as we just cant take a week of hearing her opinions and being told what to do. In addition, the constant complains and directions make us all plain old tired. today MIL realized we are leaving this weekend and is taking a fit. Making lots of nasty remarks. We did not keep our plans a secret but neither did we discuss it in great detail in her presence. I am trying to prepare myself as I know she is going to give me a hard time about this. She has already told my sister in law, that she has several smart comments to make and she made several remarks already to my DH. On the lines of " what, did you think I was going to come with you? " The bottom line is that she DOES think we should take her on vacation and/or anyplace else we happen to go. What would all of you say to someone who does this to you. I should add that I do not feel the need to take my parents on vacation with us nor have I ever done so. Frankly, I dont choose to spend a weeks time with my MIL...short visits are fine...dinners out...shopping...etc but not a whole week of it. Advice is greatly appreciated!