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New parents locked in power struggle with in-laws

DEAR AMY: I’m 36 years old and have recently had my first and (most likely) only baby.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) 

My baby means the world to me. For now, we’ve opted to have his daddy take a year off of work to take care of our little dude.

My mother-in-law is complaining that my husband isn’t “sharing” our son with her. She seems to think she can send us away from our own son so that she can have her alone time with him, but several times when we’ve actually needed someone to watch the little man, she hasn’t been available.

She even went so far as to say she’d forward us her schedule each week so we can coordinate, based on what’s convenient for her. Amy, she’s retired!

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