Hi, My name Shwetha, and I work in a IT company. I have a 4 year old son (very naughty), and live in a joint family of 9 members, in a 3 bhk single floor house.I don't believe in too much superstition, finding it very difficult to adjust to the family. My husband is very nice and understands me and my point of view, however he would never like to listen to anything against his mom and brother, even if they were wrong. I am 6 years into our marriage and trying to adjust to their house but somehow it just doesn't happen. I am a straightforward person, and a little short tempered, but I don't tend to speak when I'm angry cz I know it will end up in a fight. So most of the time anyone tells me something sarcastic (which I hate),I just keep try keep my calm, cz I don't want to argue(my mom always says don't argue with your in-laws, however hard that might be). Things worsen when my mom in law says nasty stuff about other peoples appearances or clothes or way of living, or anything for that matter, I still keep quite. She is very orthodox and superstitious and expects me to be the same way. since I don't believe in superstition and don't like wearing bindi, bangles etc., she doesn't like me. she always supports my co-sister even though she doesn't go for work, nor does she help in household chores, just because she takes her to temples, and she laughs n talks, she supports her (VERY FAKE -my husband also has admitted many times that she is fake). Just a small incident i remember, my baby shower my MIL got me a saree of "her choice" for Rs1000 and on my co-sister's 2nd baby shower she gets a silk saree worth Rs7000 of my co-sisters choice. (its like i don't exist or i have no choice). This is just 1 incident though. My father in law is equally narrow minded. I cant even sit on the sofa in front of him. He always has a frown on his face and expects us daughter-in-laws to work 24/7. His language is very bad and always finds a reason to fight, and ends up hitting my MIL (such a bad environment for kids to grow up). They have never had a good relationship all their life and haven't spoken to each other from 5 years, which my MIL blames me for (I don't understand how). My co-sister i don't wanna say much,cz she too faces similar things as I do. However , she is very lazy, and bears all the **** my bro-in-law says to her. I wonder how she is as well stuck in the house for so long. she is that lazy, that I had to cook and give her food in the place where she is sitting, even when I was 7 months pregnant. My brother-in-law is even weird. HE works in a IT company, and he talks big, of how we should respect women, how we need to follow tradition, and keep up the culture, etc., etc. BUT is the most narrow minded and selfish person I have met. He doesn't allow his wife to wear anarkali dress (the ones with big flare). He decides what she wears, what color she wears, what she eats etc. She used to work in a school as art and craft teacher, but he made her leave the job, as he felt that it is not prestigious. With all this in background, I had a fight with my MIL about 5 days back. Reason being I asked her not to keep comparing my son with his cousins and other kids, and asked her to stop using the words "bad boy" as it negatively affect him. She stared to complain, to my bro-in-law when my husband was not around. When I questioned her why is she telling this to my brother-in-law instead of my husband, and this is what she had to say: 1. I don't have good manners ( I don't see how, cz she is the 1 talking nasty stuff always) 2. I don't have a good upbringing ( talking about my parents) 3. I have never thought good values to my son ( which I think no mother in the world would do) 4. I don't follow all her superstitious beliefs and rituals, hence my husband is suffering (I don't know how that is even related. e.g. Like, I have to wash my hair while taking bath the next day if I've had non-veg prev day that is) 5. I wear short clothes hence I don't have a good character (Her sister's daughter's also wear like me shorts, crop top, but according to her they are decent and I am not, when I don't wear anything other than pants, salwar and saree in the house. I only wear western clothes when I go on a trip .. that too like max twice a year. But if she had so much problem on clothing, after she spent all her life wearing saree, she started wearing salwar, at the age of around 50 to go for yoga class..cz she had to adapt.) 6. My co-sister's daughter is spoiling because of me (like Im the only person in the world she looks at to learn things) 7. I make my husband play on my finger tips (so what? am I supposed to be his maid, or we shouldn't make decisions together?) 8. I spend all my money on clothes and shoes (So she searches my stuff when I' not there. And what the hell, I earn. I don't ask anyone to buy it for me. I don't beg borrow or steel) 9. So, I have to forget all my dreams. I should not follow my dreams since "I'm married" 10. Because of me, she has s topped talking to her husband. (Let me tell you that she hates her husband, and she blames it on me) After listening to all this, My bro-in-law decides to take side of his mom, and doesn't bother to tell her that she is speaking wrongly. in stead tells me to stop arguing, cz she is old and she doesn't have tolerance limit to listen to such things when i dint even speak wrong about her. Even after all this, I'm hesitating to tell my husband to move out, and he still cant imagine moving out of the house leaving his beloved mom and bro. I don't even want my parents to know that i have gone through this. neither do I want to stay in that house, which feels like jail. How on earth should I try to have some positive attitude towards this family full of haters. they hate me, cz im thin at the age of 29, cz I'm independant, cz I'm bold, cz I'm fearless, and even still I'm not able to tell my husband to move out. I just wanna move out. How do I address this? How do I convince my husband to move out ?