Unbelievable that this is even an issue but my DH's family enjoys picking on my toddler. I knew this would happen, I've watched them pick on my SIL's kids for years. So, I'm prepared to do what I must to protect my DS from these adult bullies. The main problem is my DH's mid-30 year old brother who has never moved out of his parents basement and enjoys some sort of protected status that I've never understood.
Examples of some things he does:
"This is my candy and you can't have any. Mine." while showing a bag of candy to my child and holding it against him.
"These are apples and you can't have any cuz they are all mine." While pointing at a bowl of broccoli. This one pissed me off to the extreme and I've been brooding about it for a week. My DS freaking LOVES apples which this man very well knows.
At the time of the apple incident I told him to stop picking on my DS. When we got home from dinner that night I told my DH if he didn't say something to his family I would and it would get ugly. So, he talked to his father who has NO idea what we are talking about of course.
My DS is 22 months. We go over for family dinner every single Sunday. I'm debating on just avoiding family dinner until after the holidays and then ripping this guys head off or just getting it over with so I don't have to brood over it for a month. I've no problem with confrontation and I WILL get in his face about this issue.
My problem is a desire to not cause strife among the people my DH loves. Obviously I'm going to have to protect my child, and I will, but how do I do it without screaming at this idiot?
What would you do?