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FAMILY: Feel Like Mom is Choosing Her New Husband Over Me

My father has passed away 4 years ago. My mother just remarried a man who she has only known for three months. I have only met him once. I'm getting married soon and three months ago my mother asked if she could bring a "male friend" to the wedding. I was uncomfortable with it and explained my reasons why my answer was no and she said she would respect my wishes. 

Now that she has married him she is insisting he be invited or she will not come to my wedding stating she needs to stand by her husband. I'm shocked that my mother would choose this man, whatever he is to her, that she only has known for three months over her own son. Now I don't known what to do. Should I stand my ground and risk not have my mother at my wedding or give in and invite him?

Elder Response

I'm so sorry that this is a problem for you.  I think I can understand that you may have been uncomfortable three months ago when your mother asked to bring a male friend to your wedding, although I have to say that I also think it would have made your mother happy if you had agreed.

You say you're shocked that she would choose this man 'whatever he is to her' over you, her son.  Well, like it or not, what he is to her now is her husband and therefore he is her priority. She is right that she has to stand by him.   I'm sorry that you lost your dad, but he's been gone for four years and I think you could be happy that your mother has found a new love. You say you've only met him once - was there something about him you disliked?  Did you make an effort to get to know him?  Don't you love your mother and want her to be happy? How does your fiancee feel about possibly not having her mother-in-law at her wedding?  Do her family understand why you don't want to invite her husband?

I think accepting her choice of a husband and including him in what should be the happiest day of your life would make both of you happy.  I'm sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear, but I think you would always regret it if your mom boycotted your wedding for a perfectly legitimate reason and your relationship with her may never be the same again.  She would also, obviously, be very unhappy to miss her son's wedding. I'm sure she loves you very much and is terribly hurt by this - I know I would be.

Please consider taking the high road and invite him. I believe it's the right thing to do.  I wish you every happiness in your marriage and your future and I hope you'll feel free to write back if you want to talk more.



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395111 FAMILY: Feel Like Mom is Choosing Her New Husband Over Me
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393702 CHILDREN: Behavior Problems
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392973 CAREER: Feeling Stuck In Work I Hate
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392919 FAMILY: Brother-In-Law Stealing From Me
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392254 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: Feeling Trapped
392169 FAMILY: Tell Dad That Mom Is Cheating?
392162 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: Still In Love With Ex, But Dating Someone Else
392140 SELF-IMPROVEMENT: Scared of the Future
391978 FAMILY: Why is my little sister so bratty?!
391906 OTHER: Charity Registry for a Wedding?
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391607 MARRIAGE: Worried His Explosive Anger Will Turn Into Abuse
391362 SELF-IMPROVEMENT: Work Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem
391248 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: In a Break-Up-Make-Up Cycle
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390828 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: Focus on My Relationship or Myself?
390754 SCHOOL: Community College or University?
390749 OTHER: Should I Keep the Lie Going?
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390619 FRIENDSHIP: Friend Is Involved with Married Woman
390616 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: Worried My Flirting Broke Our Trust
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390107 SCHOOL: How Can I Make My Classmates More United?
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389840 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: Dating 5 Guys At Once Is Stressful
389824 FAMILY: Mother and Sister Don't Approve of My Fiance
389774 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: A Messed Up Situation
389665 OTHER: Grieving A Man I Loved
389239 DATING/RELATIONSHIP: Constant fighting with bf
389229 SCHOOL: Nervous About Public Speaking In Class
389220 FAMILY: Sister-In-Law Is Horrible, Must I Attend Her Funeral?
389190 FAMILY: Religion Is Causing Family Problems
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388532 OTHER: Torn Between My Bisexuality and My Christian Faith
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388477 MARRIAGE: Think I Married the Wrong Guy!
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384153 FAMILY: Help Mom or Pursue College and Work?
383956 FAMILY: Dating Behind Mom's Back Because She's Anti-Gay
383665 FAMILY: Future Monster-In-Law
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383264 SELF-IMPROVEMENT: Have No Idea What I Want to Do With My Life
383253 CAREER: Unsure What Direction to Take
383221 FAMILY: Torn Between My Divorced Parents
383086 FAMILY: Family Living With Me is Financial and Emotional Strain
383066 SELF-IMPROVEMENT: Anxiety Is Holding Me Back
382140 MARRIAGE: Attracted to Another Man
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380021 FAMILY: Don't Want to Live With Either Parent
380008 MARRIAGE: No Longer In Love
380007 SCHOOL: College Fears and Exam Anxiety
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379600 OTHER: Choose Love, Or See What's Out There?
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379272 FINANCE: Loaning Money to Others Leaves Nothing for Me
379232 FRIENDSHIP: Torn Between Two Friends
379081 OTHER: Live Lesbian or Play it Straight?
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