New mom must pick her battles with loathsome…

New mom must pick her battles with loathsome father-in-law:

Dear Carolyn:

My father-in-law is a classic jerk; he neglected and abused my husband throughout his childhood and teen years. By abuse, I mean clobbering him with closed fists in anger until my husband was old enough to hit back. As adults we have little to do with him, and I’ve taken a laissez-faire approach to his belittling comments and creepy lifestyle.

That all went out the window, though, when I became a mother, and he, a grandfather…

I hope by “classic” you don’t mean “typical.” Because he’s not.