Emily Maynard's Ex In-Laws Have No Right to Tell Her How to Raise Her Daughter

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emily maynard rickiHas Emily Maynard finally had it with her meddling former in-laws? Reportedly, the parents of her late husband, and now Ricki's grandparents, have been wringing their hands over Emily's parenting. And the last straw for them: Emily's plans to move away from their cozy lives in North Carolina and strike out for the wilds of Hollywood.

Supposedly, Rick and Linda Hendricks think Emily only cares about her fame and fabulousness and doesn't care enough about Ricki's needs. It's gotten so bad, they're reportedly not even on speaking terms at the moment. I wonder if Emily is moving to California partly to get away from them?

It's one thing to leak your concerns about your former daughter-in-law's parenting to the tabloids. (AHEM.) But a source says Rick has also done the dreaded grandparent work-around: He approached Ricki's teachers before the school year, told them he's deeply concerned about how Emily's actions are affecting his granddaughter, and asked them to alert him if Ricki started acting up. Holy obnoxious, meddlesome grandparents! Ooh, it would piss me off if someone did that to me.

And listen to how pathetic this sounds: "They can't bear the thought of Ricki being that far away from them, she is the one thing that makes the pain of losing their son tolerable. They see so much of Ricky in their granddaughter, they love her to pieces and have become incredibly close to her -- she keeps the memory of Ricky alive," a friend says.

Yeah, right. I'm sure that's all true. But it sounds like they've done a lot of damage by second-guessing Emily's parenting. I mean, I wouldn't know myself what kind of mother Emily is. She probably is distracted and more focused on her career.

But so what? Does she have to sacrifice everything to be a mom? Can't she be a mom and pursue some exciting career opportunities, do a little televised dating? (Sleazy though it is.) Emily may not win Mother of the Year EVER IN HER LIFE, but it looks like she's a good-enough parent. And really, as far as any grandparent is concerned, they need to accept that.

What Emily needed from her former in-laws was love, acceptance, and support. I'm sure she got some of that. But if they're crossing the line (talking to Ricki's teachers behind her back!), I don't blame her for wanting to get away from them.

Do you think the Hendricks are right to be concerned about Ricki's welfare or should they trust Emily more?


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Mommy... MommyBoha

She never married Ricky. And yeah, with her mom running all over hollywood introducing her to 2 different men with the intention of marrying them, in a short amount of time, Id be concerned as well.

nonmember avatar kaerae

I'm no fan of Emily's but it is totally her right to decide how and where to raise her own child. You don't lose custody of your kids because you work in the entertainment field. I feel badly the grands lost their son, but if they approached my kids' school like that, they'd be rebuffed. They have NO LEGAL RIGHT to any of her school records or information from her teachers. Ricki is NOT there to help them deal with their grief, that IS NOT HER JOB> They need to deal with their grief on their own and stop pushing Emily away with their meddling.

Wendy Hanson

If everyone else is as tired of this chick as I am, she probably should stay put

early... earlybird11

Ugh I would hope if I died and my parents were concerned , they would say srthing to my husband

sassy... sassykat122

Well, at least when Emily was first introduced to us Ricki's grandparents were footing many of her bills. Paying for her house, etc. And if her grandparents are the ones who have been footing the bill for Ricki's school then YES they do have the right to talk to her teachers. Now, Emily may be paying her own way now but if she doesnt want any of their input then she should be putting all that money they give her into an account for Ricki and not spending ANY of it because when someone is helping pay bills they usually do feel they should have a say in things

nonmember avatar mec

Kinda tricky to answer this but Emily IS Ricky's mother. She does have the right to have the say where Ricky goes even if involves moving to LA. Unless the Hendricks feel she is an unfit mother perhaps but to go to the school to spy on Ricky was a bit much. I'm not a fan of Emily's but the Hendricks are over stepping their authority.

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