My mil usually watches our four kids once every other month so dh and I can go out. In my mind it's a win win situation because we get to go out and they (mil and kids) get to spend time together. Just to note: We do not expect it, if she were to say no we would make other arrangements. However, lately my dh has been insisting on doing things closer to home or being home early so that mil doesn't have to stay up too late. I can appreciate what he's doing. However, I am not happy that we have to plan our dates around what's best for mil all the time. I don't want to have to come home early if we are having fun just because of her. I have suggested finding someone else to watch the kids, but he wants family. Okay, fine. I suggest one of the kids two aunts that live close by. That's a no go as well. What the heck?! Help me please.