After giving birth to her first child, an exhausted mom was not ready to have guests over for a meal but she agreed to have her husband’s family over so they could finally see their baby.
When she asked her Asian husband if they could simply order takeout, he insisted that she cook anything for them.
The tired mother prepared a mac and cheese dish, thinking that it would be fine for her in-laws. But when she served it, she was shocked by their reaction.
“Once I served the family, My husband’s mom looked at me and was appalled. I noticed something was wrong. She asked if I really found it “appropriate” to serve her and the family Mac N cheese.
“I asked why not and she went on a rant about how disrespectful this was and that I clearly have no experience in what is right and wrong when it comes to hosting.
“I said excuse me? Who said I signed up to host an expected visit from them and she took it as in I didn’t want them there. Her husband said they were just there to finally see the baby that I kept them from seeing for an entire month. That’s a whole month of his life they “missed” out on.”
The new mom continued: “We had an argument and they decided to go home. My husband said that deciding to serve his family Mac N cheese was more offensive then serving them nothing at all.”
“I told him I was too exhausted to cook their “traditional feasts” that I was forced to learn from his mom. He took offense and said that I was being mean and disrespectful towards not only his family but his culture. I went inside the bedroom to stay with my son.
“My husband stayed on the phone with his family for an hour then kept giving me the cold shoulder and refused to eat what I cook in support of his family.”
She added: “I understand how some guests might find it offensive especially his family. but I was just trying to make a quick homemade meal like my husband wanted. What’s wrong with Mac N cheese?”
People on Reddit were quick to share their thoughts on the matter, with one person writing: “I’m Asian and if anything, it’d be my relatives coming over and bringing me food. No one would expect an exhausted new mother to cook a whole feast.”
Another wrote: “He is being unsupportive in such a vulnerable time that postpartum period is, and he went behind OP’s back to invite his parents and not even tell her in advance. The messy house was on him, meal not being prepared was on him. I personally couldn’t get over my husband treating me that way. If he didn’t agree to counseling, I’d have to leave.”
A third said: “This isn’t a culture clash – these people are just ***holes. There isn’t an Asian culture I’m aware of that doesn’t practice some form of postpartum confinement where it is expected that the new mother does nothing other than rest and bond with the baby.
“If they were so ‘traditional’ they should have showed up with food, offered to clean the house, and run a load of laundry while they’re at it.”
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