Mocking started but in a new style, just the way you mentioned. A very close relative from in-laws side was unwell. We went to visit her and my MIL came along. After talking to this unwell aunt for a while, I sat down with my grown up nephews(unwell aunt's grandsons) who are doing masters now and started discussing their course. They were asking about career opportunities and stuff like that and while this was going on their mum comes and says how lucky my MIL is to have a DIL like me and how she was worried if her sons would be able to find a noble girl like me when they decide to get married. And she said I was lucky to have a daughter because sons are so unpredictable these days. And my MIL added how sons turn away from their parents after marriage sooner or later and she went on and on. And this akka was saying correct correct to whatever my MIL was saying. I heard and heard and heard and finally said, "akka please stop. Do you ever give a thought about how your three sons must be feeling every time you say its a blessing to have a daughter? In a way you are actually saying your sons are good for nothing. They are no more boys, they are men now - working and earning their livelihood and also supporting you financially and you choose not to consider them blessing ! You are teacher for God's sake and you talk about a gender being great and another not so great ! Why do you think sons change after marriage ? Its because they finally get that respect from a woman(wife who considers them a blessing) which moms like you never bothered giving them and never considered them a blessing ! Instead of worrying how your DIL would be, try and do what it takes to have a decent relationship with your DIL. Dialogs like "daughters are blessing" are enough to make your son lose that respect for you, you say that once in some frustration it may be okay but constantly ?? am sorry akka, but you should really stop it. And yes I am just a DIL to my MIL. Am not saying we are not on good terms but we are not amazing either, MIL cannot be my mum, I cannot be her daughter. We just try and manage not to scream howl and fight in front of others, that's all ! I choose to keep the drama confined to our home. I have been seeing your sons from their school days and let me tell you you have gems, please thank God for that. " She was quiet the whole time and when I finished she said what I said was right and that she should not expect her future DIL to be her daughter neither should she try and replace her DILs mom. And when we were leaving she thanked me for reminding her that she was a teacher and a teacher thinking like this is not great at all.