A recent Reddit subthread saw a stepmother asking if she was wrong for not inviting her stepson on holiday with them.
A Blended Family
This 26-year-old woman married her partner, a 26-year-old man, and they have three kids between them.
The woman has two daughters, aged 9 and 7, and her husband has a 12-year-old son.
Stepson Doesn’t Want to Sleepover
Her stepson used to stay at their house on the weekends, however, as he has to share a room with his stepsisters, he recently decided he doesn’t want to stay anymore.
Needs His Own Space
She thinks this is fair enough, as he is getting older and wants his own space, plus she thinks he is getting too old to share now anyway.
The stepmother explains that she doesn’t have a problem with this and that her stepson needs to do what is best for him.
Stepson Spends All His Time at Grandma’s
She’s not going to force him to come to their house all the time when he doesn’t want to and adds that he doesn’t want to spend any time there whatsoever anyway.
Her stepson wants to spend all his time at his grandma’s.
Last Holiday Was a Success
Last year the whole family went away, her stepson had his own room on holiday, and they all had a great time.
Refuses to Pay for Stepson
She had planned to book a holiday for the end of this year but told her husband she wouldn’t pay for his son to come.
A Waste of Money
She explained this was because he wouldn’t have spent any time with the family by the time they went away and probably wouldn’t enjoy going away with them for a week.
Senses Stepson Doesn’t Like Her
She adds that she thinks her stepson doesn’t enjoy being around her kids anymore and doesn’t really like her.
Husband Reacts Angrily
Her husband got angry and accused her of purposely leaving his son out of family events just to be spiteful.
She Pays for Everything
She explained that, in reality, she’s the one who pays for everything: holidays, clothes, food, and activities.
She Deserves to Relax on Holiday
When she’s on holiday, she wants to enjoy herself and let her kids enjoy themselves without her stepson moaning about being there in the first place.
As this happened on their last holiday, she was worried it would happen again.
Stepmother Asks the Internet for Help
This stepmother doesn’t want to pay for someone who doesn’t want to be there in the first place and ends the post asking if she is in the wrong.
“Should I just pay for him and get on with it?”
He Is Part of the Family!
Reddit user Ezana_aksum responded so say she is to blame to the stepmother, adding, “Your life style excludes him. Your spouse should be doing more so y’all can afford a new place where there is space for him.”
Individual-Tale-6287 agreed, saying, “I thought the same. Forget the holiday, how about saving up so he has a comfortable place to stay and feels welcome when he’s there.”
Stop Excluding Him
TellmeTom2 responded with, “You may as well have just written “I don’t like my step son so I’m going to continue to exclude him from family activities as much as I can.”
They added, “He’s 12, not 18… Ask if he would like to go, if he says no then fair enough. If he says yes then suck it up, he’s still part of the family.”
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