‘He’s not your ATM’: Woman shares list of rules made by her boyfriend's mother for anyone who dates him

The rules begin with, “He is not your ATM” and proceeds with “If you show up to my house looking like a stripper, I will make you go away”.


Dating these days is hard enough and gets messier when you are introduced to your partner’s parents, and say no more if their parents are obsessive and controlling. A woman found herself in a very similar situation when she discovered controlling and sexist rules her boyfriend’s mother has made for anyone he dates.

A Tiktok user named Emma shared a picture of rules her boyfriend’s mother had posted on her account. The post has the caption ‘Rules for dating my son.

The rules begin with, “He is not your ATM” and proceeds with “If you show up to my house looking like a stripper, I will make you go away”. Interestingly the threat of ‘will make you go away' is mentioned multiple times.

The note further says, “If I see any sext on his phone, I will make you go away” which means it is safe to assume she likes to check her son’s phone and that too read conversation with his partner.

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“Understand that if I don’t like you, I will make you go away. He’s a Mamma’s boy, unless you have a ring on your finger, your opinion of that does not matter. You are not in charge of him and it is not up to you to change him. Take him for who he is, or see rule #5” (which is I will make you go away).

Further, the note says, “he is a gentleman. I taught him that, You better act like a laddy and deserve that.” Not only this but it further extends to “I know how to avoid jail” and ends with “If you weasel your way past all of these rules and fake your way to a ring on your finger, I will be something much worse than your boyfriend’s mom. I’ll be your mother-in-law.”

As soon as Emma shared this unaccepted note, netizens started suggesting to leave her boyfriend, insisting that it will ‘only get worse from here. One of the users commented, “This embarrassing for her, I am so sorry you need to deal with that.”

Another wrote, “Breakup now, It will never get better” meanwhile another said “girl run”.

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