So, my husband and I bought new furniture for our house recently and we had a get together with both his family and mine. When we bought the new furniture we decided that there was no eating or drinking on it. So, we put out extra tables and chairs for everyone and let everyone know that there was plenty of seats and to please not eat or drink on the furniture.
So, everyone was fine with this, with the exception of my Mother, who proceeded to sit on the couch and eat, when I said something she informed me that she gave birth to me and she can sit on the couch if she wants. She has been over since then and did the same thing. I will probably not have anymore get togethers with my side of the family just to avoid the situation all together.
I realize that this is petty but it is my house and I feel like it is completely disrespectful of my Mom to not go by the rules of my house, not to mention the message that it sends to my kids who are banned from eating on the furniture (we eat at the table when it is the family). I thought that she would understand because she just bought a new vehicle that no one is allowed to eat or drink anything but water in. She said that it is different because she is our Mother (I am 32 by the way).
She says that I am being ridiculous and that she is my Mother so she will do what she wants. So, I guess I am kind of wondering whether I am being ridiculous or if it seems disrespectful to anyone else?
Edit - just to clear up my statement...my Mom feels that I am being ridiculous by asking her to follow my rules not that I do not want anyone to eat/drink on our furniture.
No, I do not think that my Mom would purposely spill anything on my furniture, we made the rule to avoid accidents.