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I think this year OP should be taking not only Mother's day and Christmas off the table, but also Thanksgiving. And birthdays.
Push back a little remind Mil just how generous you folks have already been.
This is actually something I do with my kids. If they start complaining too much about the chores I ask them to do, then I add an additional chore. If they complain about that, then they have another. The idea is to show them that all over the world, children have *hard* chores and they spend most of the day on them. They don't have all that many chores. But if they come to think that they shouldn't have *any* chores, then they will have to be reminded of how hard they *could* have to work so they'll appreciate what they have. It works fairly well.
Reminds me of the folktale about the man who complained to his rabbi that his house is too small with his children and in-laws all living there. The rabbi told him the solution is to bring all his livestock into the house. A week later, the man told the rabbi it didn't work; his house is still cramped, noisy, and smelly. The rabbi then told him to take all the animals back outside. A few days later, the man was joyfully saying the house is now so roomy, quiet, and clean.
They made a picture book of this! http://smile.amazon.com/Could-Always-Be-Worse-Yiddish/dp/0374436363/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462073746&sr=8-1&keywords=it+could+always+be+worse
bahaha, i need that book