By Gremlinswife - 24/07/2012 20:25 - Canada - Chilliwack
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"Elderly Woman Unexpectedly Drowns in Daughters Basement"
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You make your mother pay to live with you? That's terrible.
Having an extra person living on the home costs money (food, water, electricity, etc.). Maybe the OP can't afford to feed and house her mother without a little extra income. Who knows what the rent is. It could just be a token, like the mother is paying $300 for what should be an $800 basement suite.
I think parents who live with their kids should help out financially unless the kid is both able and happy to fully support the parent. My mother kicked me out when I was 17, but if she really needed help I'd let her live with me because she gave me life. I'd be willing to split costs with her to keep her bills down but I wouldn't fully support her. It's struggle enough to support myself.
As a parent you are supposed to raise and take care of your kid. She is letting her mother stay. It's a favor that she doesn't owe her mother for doing her job as a parent. Her mother has no right to complain. Op has 3 kids to worry about. Laundry is the least of her problems. Her mother needs to be gracious and understanding. If it bothers her that much, she can do it herself. Op has a lot on her plate and the last thing anyone in her position needs is to listen to complaining about non issues .
I charge them rent but also pay them to babysit. They have a pretty sweet deal. My Husband works out of province i'm essentially a single mother 2 week of each month and my youngest son has special needs. Laundry is very low on my list of things to do in my kids waking hours lol