A woman was accused of teaching her kids to disrespect women when she refused to support their stepmom’s efforts to become a third parent. But the kids didn’t like her because she mistreated their mom.
Her Kids Were Young
The woman said, ‘I have two sons, ages 10 and 12, with my ex.’
He Married His Co-worker
She’d broken up with her ex over several issues. However, one of the main reasons was his co-worker, Emily. Whilst they were married, he had worked with Emily for years, and they had grown very close. But the woman’s marriage to her husband really broke down when Emily started sharing her opinions about his wife.
She Pretended to Be His Wife While They Were Still Married
The woman never liked Emily, especially when she started telling her then-husband how he deserved far better than her. Somehow, Emily made him believe that his wife/the woman was trying to steal his family away from him. What made things worse was when, during work meetings on multiple occasions, the pair had pretended to be a married couple while the woman was still with her husband.
They Broke Up
When she and her husband divorced, the woman wasn’t surprised when he married Emily. He hadn’t been a brilliant husband and was really bad with finances and other things, which definitely contributed to the breakup and his new wife. The divorce was difficult, but the kids found it particularly hard to accept their new stepmother.
She Called Her Mother-In-Law a Rude Word
Fortunately, after the divorce, her ex’s family acted no differently towards the woman. They loved her. Of course, Emily didn’t like this, and became even more hostile towards her than usual. She also hated the fact that the woman’s kids didn’t like her. Once, Emily called her mother-in-law a C word for saying that the woman was a great mom when they were all eating family dinner.
The Judge Got Involved
But Emily’s anger started to get way too much, especially during exchanges of the boys. The woman managed to get the judge to rule that her ex-husband had to stop using his new wife to do the exchanges because Emily would accuse the mother of all sorts of things during pick-up, including the alienation of her children.
His Ex Was Risking the Custody of His Children
The stepmother broke the rules and was fined for breaching the judge’s orders. The woman’s ex was told that his custody could be impacted if it happened again. So, the woman was shocked when Emily asked her for help.
She Wanted Her Kids
Unfortunately, Emily could not have biological children but wanted to be a mother. She hoped her husband’s kids would one day feel like her own, but there was just one problem. They didn’t like her. They had seen how she had treated their mother, and they weren’t happy about it. Before their biological parents divorced, they had disliked Emily when they met her at the father’s work events. Emily asked the woman for help, and she said no. She wouldn’t encourage her kids to like someone who had been verbally abusive towards her for years.
It Was a Big Night
The woman said, ‘The boys had an award night at school, and while there, Emily told the boys to get in photos with her for the school newsletter.’
Was She Teaching Her Son to Disrespect Women?
The kids said no to their stepmom’s request, so Emily put her foot down and said they had to get in a picture with her. But the kids stood firm in their decision, stating that she wasn’t their mom. Despite their father scolding the kids, the woman said nothing. But then her ex and his new wife were annoyed at her for allowing her children to mistreat their stepmother and said she was teaching them to disrespect women in general. The woman didn’t know if that was true and asked the Internet for advice.
And the Internet provided
One person said, ‘If possible, consider regular therapy for the boys.’
Others Had Opinions
Another person commented, ‘Attempting to force kids to address a step-parent as a primary parent can go toward parental alienation (from experience).’
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