Mothers-in-law often times get a bad rap, but mostly they’re wonderful, integral parts of any relationship and family. The overly broad painting of in-laws as an annoyance is a cultural product that is funny but oftentimes is pretty far from the truth. If you’re a parent and ever experienced the in-laws swooping in to give you a break from your kids for a few hours, you know just how valuable (lifesaving) they can be.
We decided to putt around Twitter to see what people were saying about their in-laws and the beloved mother-in-law in particular. The tweets we found range from heartfelt to hilarious and it’s no surprise that many people have many different opinions out there. Here are 23 funny tweets about mothers-in-law that prove they’re the real MVPs.
A Gift from the MIL
This mother-in-law is not mincing words and has an eye for bold coffee mugs. When you’ve got a family that loves and works together, hang onto it. It’s worth fighting for.
Thanks for the Memories
MiL: Remember Dee from the campground?— Shit My Mother-in-Law Says (@MILSaysShit) July 13, 2020
MiL: She was the one.. We’d see her every summer.
MiL: From when we would go camping..
Wife: Yes. I know.
MiL: Kinda heavy set..?
Wife: Ma! I remember. What about her?
MiL: Nothing, she just came to mind the other day.
Here, we have the classic do-your-remember-so-and-so question loaded with descriptors. While this might be fun at the start, the end was rather anticlimactic.
Brutal Honesty is a Perk
This text exchange between a son-in-law and his MIL is gold. He was asking about her laptop issues and she came back with a play-by-play about her gas.
A MIL Is Just Looking Out
My Mother in Law’s response was “It looks so much better, you should never let it get like that again!” I didn’t plan the closure of hairdressers Linda! ???? pic.twitter.com/PthWc6NKtE— Harriet Holmes (@Harriet61398884) July 13, 2020
We’re all rocking COVID hair these days and this MIL has nary a care about a pandemic’s impact on services like getting a haircut. A good-humored response here.
Apparently my mother-in-law asked my husband if our daughter had “gone through her metamorphosis yet” and like, I wanted to scream YES SHE IS NOW A GIANT COCKROACH— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) June 22, 2020
We’re sure this mother-in-law had good intentions here, but maybe the word “metamorphosis” was the wrong choice? We appreciate this Kafkaesque tweet.
Just got the most incredible text message from my mother-in-law pic.twitter.com/5gynInm3nQ— Valarry (@otter_weekend) May 19, 2020
This MIL has sent a horror movie in the form of a text message. What’s more unsettling, the picture, the spelling of “gwaqumoli,” or the fact that it wasn’t sent twice?
Mother-in-law or Mother of Invention?
In other news: my mother in law told us we didn’t need to buy cat sand because she found some really nice sand in the shed.— Jan Hakon Erichsen (@janerichsen) July 11, 2020
It was dry cement. She had been filling the litter box with cement.
Who needs kitty litter when you can get kitty cement? Times are tough, be there for each other through the good times and the hard ones.
Butter Those Beans!
Me: Need anything from HEB?— Patrick Salazar #BlackLivesMatter (@PodrickATX) July 11, 2020
Mother in Law: More of that butter I like
Me: We just bought 4 pkgs of it last month
MiL: I only have a pound left I’ll go thru it in a few days
Me: my god do you put it in your coffee?
MiL: lord no just in my meat, beans, veggies and baking recipes
The ability of butter to absolutely transform any dish into delish is a secret that any good mother-in-law knows! We’re glad this son-in-law can now move forward with this masterful culinary knowledge.
TFW your mother-in-law walks into the room and cheerfully exclaims that she has found a bag of teeth— (((Jay Edidin))) (@NotLasers) July 6, 2020
Just an ordinary day. Nothing to see here, just a bag a of teeth. Yikes!
How Low Can You Go?
Okay, enough with the conspiracies. Bigfoot is real. I’d take a pic but my mother in law hates being photographed.— Aria???????? (@CowgirlAria) July 5, 2020
This is rather mean, but the setup is just solid. Let’s hope the MIL doesn’t have a Twitter account because it’s over otherwise.
Don’t Think About It too Hard
If my mother just became a lawyer, is she now my mother-in-law? pic.twitter.com/SzSMmkY5Jz— K???????????????? (@kdgrind) June 8, 2020
This hilarious tweet about a mother who’s a newly minted lawyer is everything. She is a mother in the law!
I hope my future mother in law doesn’t put me through the shit my grandma put my mom through because honestly I don’t have the patience my mom does ????— n a t a l i e e (@_naataaliee) July 13, 2020
Here, we find someone questioning her grandmother’s role as a mother-in-law. It’s always smart to be honest and upfront about the things you see. Put what you want out into the world!
The Tech-centric MIL
The mother-in-law just rang the wife on our landline to tell her she was going to FaceTime her. Bless ????— Rutland Wolf ???????????? (@rutlandwolf) July 13, 2020
Nothing rings quite like a landline and this man’s MIL proves it. Whether you’d like an early warning about what by incoming, or you just like the idea of a double-helping of the MIL, the landline is where it’s at.
Einstein’s theory of relativity says time is relative. I generally experience it. When I’m drinking, three hours feels like ten minutes but when my mother in law calls me, talking to her for five minutes feels like like jogging for ten hours— Ra_Bies 2.0 (@Ra_Bies) June 25, 2020
Well, someone’s managed to rope Einstein into this. This is pretty simple: drinking isn’t all that great for you. Jogging is a healthy exercise.
That MIL Perspective
I wish I had my mother-in-law’s equanimity towards death. After I had a chat with her neighbor, an old man, I told her how sad it was that the man lost his wife the previous year. My mother-in-law, who is 87, looked sad: “Yes, Kaushik, very sad, and he also lost all his teeth.”— Kaushik Basu (@kaushikcbasu) June 14, 2020
Let’s hope we’re all this stonecold awesome when we’re 87-years-old. This MIL is just telling it like it is.
That’s Called a Pesca…
vegetarian: i’m a vegetarian— Pats A Tweetin (@PatsATweetin) January 24, 2020
every mother-in-law: so do you eat fish
If you’ve ever been a vegetarian or (god help you) a vegan, then you know about this struggle. This is a perfect tweet.
Pun with MIL
Mother in law: do you have any food allergies— Kyle ???? (@KylePlantEmoji) November 28, 2019
Me: I’m deathly allergic to bees
MIL: haha, well I promise you I didn’t put any in the food. Now shall we sing grace?
Family: ????be present at our table Lord–????
Me, terrified: but you promised
Well, this pun does all the heavy lifting in this hilarious about sharing a meal with the MIL. We’re certain most mothers-in-law don’t wish a deathly allergic reaction on their child’s spouse!
Mothers-in-law Don’t Have Time to Dance Around It!
We’re playing heads up and the word is “on fleek” so I said “my eyebrows are” and my mother in law said “unibrow” LMFAO byE ????— motherducker (@houseandhens) September 15, 2019
Some MIL’s don’t play games, okay? This one shut it down.
Well, just think, your wedding could have been much worse! Leave it to a MIL-to-be to put the happiest day of your life into perspective for you.
Let’s Talk About Sex Baby!
My mother in law just posted this article on Facebook and my mom commented on it and now my mother in law and mom are talking about sex in the comments please send thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/tnqRhpMCoV— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 9, 2018
This is unfortunate. The last thing any of us wants is our mother and mother-in-law talking about, publicly or otherwise, is our sex lives. Yes, prayers!
You Know, She Probably Would Too
Me to my mother in law when my bf actin up https://t.co/4d2Un46RI3— BELA (@isabelaseraffim) July 1, 2017
This hilarious retweet with comment perfectly repurposes the phrase “come get your man” but for the MIL’s out there.
Glad This Person Has a Friend
no one loves me except my mother-in-law.— rudest. (@uno_rabiaa) July 12, 2020
You know you’ve found yourself in a sticky situation if this is true. You always need someone in your corner and sometimes a MIL will be that person for you!
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“Oh Nicky, he was such a fine young man.”
Just learned that my mother in law dated Nicolas Cage in high school— Haley Quinn (@haley_e_quinn) July 12, 2020
You know, MIL’s have lived very full, exciting lives. Dating Nicolas Cage is certainly a flex if this is true! However, it could be a joke, in which case, Cage is so ridiculous that this is perfect.