Sarah, who quit her job to focus on getting her degree and became the primary caregiver for her fiancé’s three kids from a previous marriage, leaves her fiancé and his kids behind after he books them first-class tickets while putting her two kids in economy on a flight to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family, leading to accusations of being spoiled and entitled.
A Blended Family
When Sarah got engaged to her fiancé, who had three kids from a previous marriage, she was excited to blend their families together. She quit her job to focus on getting her degree, and her fiancé became the primary breadwinner, although she contributed with her savings and took on 80% of the childcare and chores.
He Split Them Up?!
For Thanksgiving, her fiancé wanted her and her two kids, aged 14 and 10, to join him and his kids to celebrate with his family across the country. He booked their tickets, but Sarah was shocked to find out that he, his kids, and herself were put in first class while her kids were put in economy.
The Tickets Were Paid For
When she confronted him about it, he acted like it was no big deal and said that the kids could “just hang in there for a little while.” Sarah was stunned and asked him how he could think this was acceptable, but he got mad and said that he was the one paying for the tickets, so they had to go by his rules.
She Felt Hurt and Disrespected
Feeling hurt and disrespected, Sarah immediately turned around and took her kids out of the airport, leaving her fiancé and his kids to go without them. Her youngest child cried because she had never flown without her mother before.
Spoiled and Entitled?
Her fiancé continued to call and berate her, and even his mother texted her, telling her to get over herself and stop teaching her kids to be spoiled and entitled. She accused Sarah of lacking character and personality and said that she was willing to miss Thanksgiving with the family over something trivial.
Should She Have Let it Slide?
Feeling terrible, Sarah questioned whether she should have just let it slide and gone with them. However, she realized that she and her kids had left their family and hometown to celebrate with his family in his hometown, and she couldn’t imagine subjecting her kids to such treatment.
She Packed Up Her Things and Left
After some reflection, Sarah decided to pack up her and her kids’ belongings and go stay with her mother. She realized that this wasn’t the first time her fiancé had put her kids last, and she couldn’t continue to minimize the situations where her kids were being mistreated.
A Good Decision
She left her engagement ring on the nightstand and decided that distance and re-evaluation were needed. She knew that her kids came first, and she hoped that she wouldn’t ever fail them. Despite the hurtful comments from her fiancé and his mother, Sarah knew that she had made the right decision for herself and her kids.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “His kids in first class, your kids in economy? That’s a bad sign for the future. Then his response is to berate you and your future MIL calling your kids spoiled and entitled? Even worse. It would not have ended here. I would be done with that relationship.”
More Internet Comments
Another person commented, “You absolutely did the right thing. You and your children come first. He was showing that he doesn’t see your kids as a real/equal part of the family. This was absolutely unacceptable and I’m so glad you took it upon yourself to get out of the situation. You’re a good mom and you deserve a partner that sees you as a true equal partner and your children as their own, not less than.”
A Final Comment
This last person posted this opinion, “If he had TRIED to make it equal, he could’ve said I got two seats in First, and two in economy, let’s draw straws. But there’s something very wrong about intentionally treating children like some are better than others. He KNOWS it’s wrong. And he did it anyway.”
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