For seven long years, this married couple has endured the pain of a strained relationship with the husband’s brother and his wife, Jamie.
Tension That Lingers
Though Jenna (the original poster) and her husband have managed to maintain a picture of civility for the sake of their children, there remains an underlying tension that refuses to dissipate.
Adding fuel to the fire is Jamie’s mother, Lynne, who consistently displays hostility towards Jenna.
Despite the animosity, Jenna remains steadfast in her resolve not to let their opinions affect her relationships with her husband and children.
A Troubling Birthday Encounter
A year ago, the couple attended their brother-in-law’s and Jamie’s child’s birthday party, accompanied by their 9-month-old son.
From the moment they stepped foot inside, Lynne’s behavior was unsettling. Despite her previous hostility, she suddenly became obsessed with their son, showering him with unwarranted attention.
Exhausted from sleepless nights due to their teething baby, Jenna was instantly put off by Lynne’s sudden interest.
Excessive Photos of Their Child on Social Media
To her dismay, she discovered Lynne had posted an excessive number of photos of their child on social media. These were not just innocent snapshots but a collection of pictures solely featuring their son.
Disturbed by this intrusion into their privacy, the couple confronted her brother-in-law and Jamie, who reluctantly agreed to remove the photos and address the issue with Lynne.
Fast forward a year, and history is repeating itself. As the couple arrives at another family gathering, they notice Lynne fixating on their son again.
This time, however, her behavior takes an even more invasive turn. While they tried to help their son overcome his fear of the pool, Jenna felt like she was being watched.
She Was Fixated on Their Child
She found Lynne leaning over a balcony, filming their child’s every move. Frustrated and angry, Jenna took matters into her own hands, positioning herself to block Lynne’s view.
Her husband was equally annoyed and confronted his brother-in-law about the situation, only to be met with indifference.
A Relentless Pursuit
Despite their efforts, Lynne’s persistence continued unabated. Even as the couple sought solace at a water table, Lynne followed them, camera at the ready.
For hours, she staked out and repeatedly attempted to photograph their son, disregarding their requests for privacy.
An Invasion of Privacy
Feeling violated and overwhelmed, Jenna confided in her mother-in-law, who offered sympathy but failed to give any helpful advice.
She was consumed by anger and frustration during the car ride home, wracking her brain for how best to address this ongoing violation.
Taking Matters Into Her Own Hands
Determined to protect her child, Jenna decided to confront Lynne directly. After careful consideration, she composed a message to Lynne on Facebook, expressing her frustration and discomfort with the invasive behavior.
Stop Focussing on Him!
She explained that while it is understandable for her to take photos with her grandchildren, it is inappropriate and creepy to focus solely on their son, who has no familial relation to her.
Hours later, Lynne responded dismissively, vowing to cut off contact with their child and implying that Jenna’s concerns were unjustified.
The Final Stand
Despite the potential fallout within the family, Jenna remains unapologetic. She recognizes Lynne’s unhealthy obsession with their child and is unwilling to tolerate it any longer.
A Family Gathering
A small family gathering looms on the horizon, and tensions will likely reach their breaking point. Jenna is resolute, ready to face whatever confrontations arise. She firmly believes that she has done nothing wrong and is willing to protect her child at any cost.
Photos of Children Online Need to Have Parents’ Permission
The overwhelming consensus from commenters was that no one should ever post photos of a child on the internet without the parents’ explicit permission.
One user said, “My sister and I are extremely close and I’d never post her baby without consent. This is weird. Especially after being told NO.”
You’re Not Overreacting!
Another user expressed their anger at Lynne and support for Jenna by saying, “An overreaction would’ve been returning to the party and chucking her phone (and possibly her) into the pool. But I’d back you up 100% on that.”
Some other comments ignited a conversation about the generational difference in perceptions of social media and privacy.
This user commented, “I think that’s very generational. A lot of older people don’t see it as an issue at all.“
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