We had dinner with mother in law last night, and she filled me in on some conversation I'd missed on Christmas Eve regarding daughter in law child raising theories. Now, I like my daughter in law, and I am not offended that she feels more comfortable with her mother than with me...I felt the same way when Miss KT was little. Apparently we are not to mention Santa around Maddie, because daughter in law does not want her daughter to think that a man will bring you presents. There will be no Tooth Fairy, no Easter Bunny, and nothing else of that genre. She decided to home school, so Maddie won't get any of those kinds of ideas. Although she is going back to work, no one but her mother, sister, or cousin is allowed to watch Maddie. Both Son #2 and daughter in law are seriously overweight, and though I don't know daughter in law's history, Son #2 must be doing some serious overeating. He's put on close to 150 pounds since they got married, which worries us. He's not even 30 yet. Also, Hubby's family is pretty close, with Sunday lunch at Grandma's twice a month, and everyone helping out when someone was down, and Son #2 has almost completely pulled away, saying he hates everybody asking for help all the time, and yet he had no problem being the recipient of "all that help" when he was struggling. This is a new thing, within the last six months or so. Just a bit of a confused vent, I guess...I never kept Miss KT from her father's parents, even after we divorced, and I certainly didn't isolate myself from Hubby's family. It just seems strange to me.