Not sure where to put this as no board seems to fit.
My niece comes to stay at the weekends and a little more over the holidays. We feed her, entertain her, take her out, I help her with her homework and talk about her problems - she is part of the family. My brother (her dad) is either working or in the pub drinking so spending time with us is preferable to being home alone or sitting around with drunk people watching football on a screen.
He picks her on a Sunday afternoon to take her back to her mums.
Every single time he picks her up he finds fault with my home
. It really niggles me when he nitpicks about a bit of paper clutter on the side, or something needing decorating. If the children have been doing artwork he shakes his head at the creative mess they have made around the table. We are not
messy people, but neither are we obsessive about everything being neat and tidy all the time, I think we are just a normal family that has a lived in home. Today's complaint was my daughters boots that she had taken off in the hall and not put in the shoe tidy. They weren't in the way, but placed neatly to the side of the wall. He recently complained because the postman had just been and posted a load of junk mail through the letterbox and we hadn't heard him so it was scattered over the mat. He said it was embarrassing because he was with his new wife
I wouldn't dream of saying the same things to people when I visit their house - I just take people as I find them. H says just ignore it. Anyone else have this with relatives? Probably just venting more than needing advice.
Oh me oh my Oh my oh me.
What fun you could have with this. You need to look at this as a once in a life time opportunity to have a captive audience to heckle!
Reeply to his comments with gems of your own:
"oh it must be hard to fly like an eagle when surrounded by turkeys"
Sorry, we just taught he to pick up her knuckles from the ground. Next week we are working on getting her to quit throwing her crap at people that nitpick
the mail is supposed to be like that. How else do we wipe off our muddy boots
I have a neighbor that is like this. He constantly complains about my yard. So I do things to make him absolutely mental
Cut the grass every other week so that it's long and uneven.
Don't bag the grass so it looks like I cut a field
I leave a lady's lace weed grow in in the middle of the yard every year. It gets to about 6 foot tall before he freaks out and gets rid of it.
If I were you, I would be leaving piles of books out just to scatter as soon as he got there. Maybe news papers.This would be too much fun for me thinking up different ways to make his head pop off.
I would buy 4 cinder blocks and leave them were he could see them - what are the blocks for- for the car I'm fixin' to put in the front yard. Right next to the washing machine as soon as it dies
Way too much fun to be had