Two stepbrothers, both 16 years old, found themselves embroiled in a disagreement over a car. Here is what one of the stepbrothers had to say:
They Weren’t Close But Got Along Okay
The boy said, “My mom isn’t in the picture, and my stepbrother’s mom married my dad when I was 11. He and I get along well, but we’re not super close. We like some of the same stuff, like music and video games, but we don’t talk in-depth about our lives, but we’re still cool with each other.”
Their Father Wanted Them To Be Responsible
Their father wanted them to learn financial responsibility when they turned 13 by providing them with allowances. A couple of years later, at 15, he extended an offer to work in his workshop, performing basic tasks like sweeping, cleaning, and organizing tools.
More Responsibilities Came With Age
The man said, “When we’re 18, he’ll teach us how to use the saws and CNC and stuff. He told us we can spend the money we earn however we’d like, but he set up bank accounts for us to save our money if we want.”
They Spent Their Money Differently
The stepbrothers, despite their similar backgrounds, developed different spending habits. The boy diligently saved his earnings, dedicating numerous weekends to his father’s shop, with a clear goal in mind – purchasing a car. While his stepbrother spent his money going out with friends.
He Was Proud Of His Car
Although the car wasn’t luxurious, it was a symbol of his hard work and financial discipline. He even had sufficient funds left over to invest in new tires and a radio, which his father assisted in installing.
They Clashed Over The Car
Trouble arose when the other stepbrother requested to borrow his car for a weekend outing with friends. The boy told him no, fearing any potential mishaps. His decision didn’t sit well with his stepbrother, leading to a confrontation and subsequent discussions with their stepmother.
An Argument Followed
Their stepmother said that the car should be shared between them, emphasizing that they had both contributed equally by earning money for the same duration. In contrast, their father sided with the boy.
Was He In The Wrong?
The boy was left questioning whether his position was unreasonable. Unsure of how to proceed, he turned to the internet for advice.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “It’s your car. Your stepmom can share her car with him if she feels he’s entitled to use a car he doesn’t own or maintain. Is the favoritism a normal thing, or does she just not want the hassle of having her son nag her? Either this is bad parenting.”
Another Person Commented
Another person said, “It’s YOUR car. You bought it. You don’t want anything to happen to it. Let your stepmother lend him her car. Or, he can save up for his own.”
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