If you hate your mother-in-law so much that you’d rather have a root canal than visit her, you are not alone. A new survey has found that many women think of their husbands’ moms as “monsters-in-law” and would do almost anything to get out of spending time with them. Fifty-one percent say they would rather stay home and clean the house than have to listen to their mothers-in-law, according to the report by iVillage, a Web site that boasts 30 million visitors a month.
It also found that 36 percent of women would rather visit a doctor, 30 percent would rather do jury duty and 28 percent would prefer to either do their taxes or get a root canal.
“It’s such a complicated and charged relationship,” said Kelly Wallace, the chief correspondent for iVillage.
“A mother-in-law might be weighing in on how they are taking care of their kids or how they are dealing with their marriage.
The editors at iVillage produced the study in anticipation of Mother-in-Law’s Day next Sunday. Even they were surprised at the strong anti-mom-in-law sentiment.
“We were taken aback by the honesty of women, that they would rather do a lot of terrible things than spend time with their mother-in-law,” she said.
The study also found that 28 percent of women reported a “terrible” or “bad” relationship with their hubby’s mom.
And when it comes to kids, the feelings were even stronger — 76 percent said they would never seek parenting advice from a mother-in-law. Eighty-three percent said they would never ask for relationship advice from their mother-in-law.
Of course, many women do have good relationships with their mothers-in-law.
When asked who they might like to have as a mother-in-law, 17 percent of the women said they would like Hillary Rodham Clinton and 9 percent said Sarah Palin.