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Dear Ann Landers,
Two years ago, I met a wonderful man, and we have been dating ever since. When "Bob" bought a home last May, he asked me to move in with him. I knew his mother would be moving in, too, but I thought it would be temporary. Well, it's been eight months, and she is still here. I cook, clean and do laundry, but she does everything over again, saying I didn't do a good job. She has peculiar eating habits, which makes it difficult for me to prepare a tasty meal that everyone can enjoy. When I try to cook something she can eat, she claims my cooking "doesn't taste right" and adds other ingredients or dilutes it with water. She also tells me I shouldn't use a mop on the floor because "it's not clean unless you get down on your hands and knees and scrub." I've told Bob several times that I am ready to pack up and leave, but he cries and begs me to stay. I honestly don't want to go, Ann. I really love the guy. Can you help me? -- Exasperated in Salem, Ore.

Dear Salem,
Face it. Your boyfriend is going to have to decide: Either his mother must live elsewhere, or you leave -- unless, of course, you are willing to put up with the old battle-ax forever. Since you aren't married yet, there's a chance you may win the power struggle, but I wouldn't bet on it. Your future mother-in-law is going to be a thorn in your side, a fly in your ointment and a bone in your throat forever. Get some counseling to give yourself confidence and strength. You're going to need it. Gem of the Day: If you think you are a person of influence, try ordering someone else's dog around.



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All you dilldos who believe in those self proclaimed witch doctors get the hell off this advise site. You are just as stupid and worthless as these dimwads that you believe in. Now-for the reply to the woman who thinks she can win over her boyfriend's mother: Give it up sweetheart; the momma's boy has what he wants: his nasty witch of a mother. Get out while the getting's good. It will only get worse so leave now! You are better than what you are getting. Pack up

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You have already lost and Mom has won. Get out fast! Your finance made his choice - his Mom!
 
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