A woman and her husband wanted to get her stepson a car for his 18th birthday. She was willing to pay 70% of the cost and her husband 30%, but when the boy’s mother asked to put in 5%, she refused. After all, the mother had never treated her with respect.
She Made a Lot of Money
The woman said, ‘I make more than my husband does, and we will be splitting the cost of the car 70/30.’
His Mother Was Awful
She was happy to pay more for the car, considering she earned more than her husband and it was a special birthday. You only turn 18 once! She loved her stepson, but his mother was unbearable. She had always tried to be civil but didn’t like her.
She Was a Young Cash Cow
The woman had come from an upper-class background and was much younger than her husband, and his ex seemed to resent her for it. The mother always had something negative to say about her marriage to her ex and called her a ‘cash cow’ for him. Unfortunately, that was one of the nicer names she called her.
His Mother Wanted to Help
They were definitely not friends, and although she was civil to the mother, the mother didn’t return the favor. So, when she asked to chip in for the car, the woman took a minute to think about it.
She’d Only Pay 5%
The mother could only contribute 5% to the car, and they would have to say that it was from the husband, the stepmother, and the mother and her husband. With the woman paying 70%, it didn’t feel right to allow two more people’s names on the gift, especially if they were paying so little.
It Was Extremely Frustrating
She knew that the mother couldn’t afford to buy a car for her son herself and did feel a little bad for not wanting to split the costs. But it wasn’t like she wanted special recognition for buying an expensive gift; she just didn’t want to share her and her partner’s present with someone who had always been nasty towards her.
They’d Never Shared Before
They had never given her stepson a joint gift before, so the woman felt it was odd to start now. Plus, she saw nothing wrong with him getting separate gifts from his family members. He’d get double the gifts in the end!
She Knew What People Would Think
The woman said, ‘I know that many people will say that it’s better for my stepson to see that all his parents and step-parents are getting along.’
It Wasn’t Fair
She always tried to be civil to the mother and never talked badly of her to her stepson, but she couldn’t stand her. Did they really have to be best friends? She didn’t want to be petty, but she was starting to feel pressured into doing something she wasn’t comfortable with, just so her stepson’s parents appeared to be getting along.
Was She Acting Petty?
The woman really didn’t want to share her expensive gift with a woman who didn’t respect her, but she felt like she might owe it to her stepson. She asked the internet for advice.
And the Internet Provided
One person said, ‘If she wants to be part of it so much, just let her buy seat covers, air freshener, or something similar that’s within her budget and could be used for the car.’
Others Chimed in
Another commented, ‘I think giving a car to a son is a decision that both biological parents should have discussed and agreed on.’
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