Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: Selfish father-in-law Hi Morning Show, My husband and I are expecting our third child any day now, but we currently do not have the space for the baby. Here is the situation, we own a home and his father lives with us. He lives upstairs in a finished attic. It is the equivalent of a 1 bedroom apt, with a full kitchen and a full bathroom. We live on the main floor, which has two bedrooms. Our 8 yr old son lives in one and we share the other with our two-year-old son. The price for adding a new room is an additional $60,000, which we cannot afford right now. However, we have a fully finished basement with a full bathroom and full kitchen as well. We have asked my father-in-law to move downstairs so that the children can live in the upstairs attic where he currently resides. Here’s the kicker–he refuses. The children are too young to be alone in the basement and the upstairs is the only other alternative unless we add on. My father-in-law does not contribute to any of the household bills, which amounts to $6,000-a-month, yet it feels like he is calling the shots. My husband does not want to force his dad to move and would rather we put our kids in the basement or we give up our room and sleep in the living room. Am I crazy or does this all seem nuts? Please help before I go into labor or leave my husband with his selfish father. Thank you, Desperate Daughter-in-Law To submit your own letter to Strawberry Letter, click here. For more information on Steve Harvey Comedy tour dates, click here. For more Strawberry Letters at ESSENCE.com, click here.
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