OP and his wife celebrated their son's first birthday with homemade cupcakes, a park stroll, a picnic, and quality time, choosing not to buy new gifts due to his still being a baby
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OP's MIL got upset and criticized them for not buying anything for the baby.
She kept calling them terrible parents and trying to make them feel guilty for not getting toys for their baby
To resolve the argument, OP and his spouse returned home and have since been ignoring MIL's calls.
OP should ignore his MIL's comments.
OP's MIL seems difficult.
It's crucial for OP to set boundaries against such toxic behavior
She's narcissistic and disregards their feelings.
OP needs to limit his MIL's interaction with his son if she disregards their rules.
OP and his wife needs to limot contact with her if she disrespects boundaries and acts like a bad influence
Good parenting is about mental and emotional support, not physical gifts.
Providing a child with valuable experiences is more important than unused wooden toys.
A simple box can be entertaining for a one-year-old.
She might negatively influence their child with harmful comments.
OP needs to consider removing his mother-in-law from his child's life immediately.
It's important to talk openly and nicely when you have problems in the family, especially about how to raise your kids. Families often have different ideas, but it's best to find ways to agree and do what's best for the child.
Celebrating birthdays with simple, meaningful things instead of lots of toys can be a good idea. While it's okay for people to have their thoughts, OP and their spouse should stick to what they think is right for their child and be respectful of others' opinions too.