I’m sick of helping.

A week ago, my sister-in-law had a car accident, and is suffering from a concussion and a broken arm. I felt bad for her–she is a single mother, and lives with her mother (my mother-in-law) who is only somewhat helpful, so I immediately came to her house to help. It has been a week and my mother-in-law is driving me bananas. She doesn’t really help with anything, but has a lot of opinions about what I’m doing wrong and what I should be doing. I like my sister-in-law and I want to help her, but I don’t know how long I can last. My mother-in-law and I got into a fight this morning over dressing the kids for school, and I’m so mad right now I have half a mind to just pack up and go. What should I do?

Go home, Florence Nightingale. Pay for a housekeeper to come once a week for the next couple months, and have a pizza delivered to them every Friday night.

I’m not a doctor (obviously) but I bet her concussion is all gone, and the broken arm is going to be broken for at least six more weeks, and there’s no way in hell you can stay for that long. And since your sister-in-law is injured, she won’t be able to help you when you have a mental breakdown and are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder because of her mother.

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