Mother-in-law who demands to know gender of baby lies about promising to keep gender a secret: ‘Humiliated’

Gillian Sisley

Gender reveal parties have become increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional reveal of the baby's gender. However, not every parent wants to have a gender reveal party, and this was the case with the Reddit poster, whose husband's family insisted on a party.

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

The author, who is currently pregnant, begins that while she had no interest in a gender reveal party, her mother-in-law was adamant that the author must know the gender and would not let up until she was given the information. The author explains further:

“My mother-in-law was convinced that I knew the gender and insisted I tell her. I totally didn't and I told her that fact. She wore me down after a month of bothering me about it. She begged me and promised that she wouldn't tell anyone. This was all in texts. I told her it was a girl. I figured it was a 50/50 chance and it would get her off my back.”

However, despite the promise of the mother-in-law not to tell anyone the gender, it became clear that things backfired when the gender reveal party came along. The author continues:

“When we cut the cake to reveal it was blue inside, there was a really awkward silence. She had told literally all of the guests from her side of the family so they could bring appropriate gifts. My friends and family quickly gathered around to congratulate us on our son. She came over and hissed at me that I made her look stupid. I reminded her that she had PROMISED not to tell anyone. She said she had never promised so I showed her our text conversation. Some of her family were right there when I did that so they heard her admit that she lied and had never intended to keep that promise.”

According to Gender Reveal Celebrations, gender reveal parties may be a popular trend, but all parents should remember that everyone gets to choose for themselves if they want to have one. This story serves as a cautionary tale against not only breaking promises, but for respecting the decisions of expecting parents, regardless of how you may feel about them, as detailed by Psychology Today.

The author feels she did nothing wrong, but her mother-in-law completely disagrees. She concludes with:

“My mother-in-law said that it was a cruel move [to tell her the wrong gender] and that I only did it to embarrass her. I again reminded her that I had told her on multiple occasions that I did not know the gender. My husband wants me to apologize to keep the peace.”

What do you think?

Was the author justified to just make up a gender for her mother-in-law, when she wouldn’t stop pestering the author, and it’s the mother-in-law’s fault that she was embarrassed at the party because she broke her promise about keeping the ‘gender’ a secret?

Or was the author wrong to lie to her mother-in-law, and she should have just kept repeating that she didn’t know the gender, rather than embarrassing her mother-in-law by lying to her about the gender?

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