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Woman Stops Talking To Mother-In-Law After She Asked Her Deaf Daughter To Stop Using Sign Language At The Dinner Table

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Woman Stops Talking to Mother-In-Law After She Asked Her Deaf Daughter To Not Sign At The Dinner Table

A mother-in-law and 29-year-old are at odds due to an easter dinner altercation involving her 6-year-old daughter.

The mother-in-law asked her if she could tell her daughter not to sign language at the table. 

She asked her to discontinue it because her food would get cold; she also believed it was a distraction for the other kids and setting a bad example. 

This infuriated the 29-year-old, and she refuted telling her MIL the only way she could ask that of her daughter was if everyone else were not to talk at all. 

Now she has stopped talking to her mother-in-law and wonders if she is in the wrong for reacting the way she did. 

To find out if she is or not, she took to Reddit’s well-known Am I the A-hole (AITA) subreddit to seek an answer and an unbiased opinion of the situation. 

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Typically on this subreddit, many users will post a question about if they were an a-hole in a situation that they may have overreacted to. These posts gain thousands of comments from everyone on the problem and decide if they are either “You’re the A-hole” (YTA) or “Not the A-hole” (NTA).

Many individuals have commented on the post (21,444), and they have all decided that she is “Not the A-hole.” 

Naturally, after the incident, the poster’s husband said that his mother did not mean any harm and that she did not understand why it was a sensitive topic.

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“My husband thinks I’m being a bit too harsh, and I need to be the one to reach out with an olive branch on this matter,” she wrote.

While her MIL doesn’t understand why this can be a hot topic, many individuals with hearing disabilities face ridicule and deal with a society that doesn’t still understand how hard it is to live as a deaf individual. 

Her post near the end continued saying.

“I can’t help but feel if this had been her biological grandchild who was deaf, she wouldn’t have said something so insensitive or implied it was a distraction and a bad example.”  

The issue here is that her Mother-In-Law is not aware of how difficult it can be for Deaf individuals to interact with society.

Many in the comment sections have replied, saying that because she kept signing at the table, it was a healthy manner because we go to the table and eat way too fast. 

One user with over 4900 upvotes commented, saying, “We eat too quickly anyway. Signing between bites is probably healthy.” 

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A majority of the comments, however, agree that the OP (Original poster) is NTA, but some believe she should take the high road with her mother-in-law — apologize and take the time to explain in detail why she defended her daughter.

“I would highly suggest that you go ahead and take the high road and apologize for “the way I defended my daughter” and that you “Should have been more understanding of her limited knowledge of the way my daughter communicated,” one user with 1.2K upvotes commented.

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Kurtis Condra is a writer focusing on Entertainment and News. He is also a poet in his spare time. You can follow him on instagram.