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Mother’s Hope for Daughter’s Quality Education Faces Unexpected Challenge When Her New Husband Idea For Their Son’s Future Takes the Spotlight.

When the Original Poster (OP) and her husband decide to send their daughter to a private school, it triggers a family crisis as the husband also proposes his son from a previous marriage should receive the same privilege. With finances stretched thin and promises on the line, the situation reaches its peak as OP considers giving her husband an ultimatum. Will their family find a fair resolution, or will the tension drive a wedge between them?

The Arranged Family

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OP and her husband live with their three children: OP’s seven-year-old daughter and her husband’s two sons, ages 11 and 15, from a previous marriage. For two years, the boys have been living with them after a challenging past with their drug-addicted mother.

Financial Responsibility

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The husband, having cut ties with his ex-wife, is faced with the full responsibility for his sons. Not only are they being raised without their biological mother in the picture, but they also have daily expenses and needs.

The Ambitious Education Plan

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OP wants to send her daughter to a private school for a better education. With a tuition of $15,000 annually, they could afford it. However, a new dilemma arises when her husband proposes sending his younger son to the same school.

The Unplanned Promise

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The husband had shared the idea of a private school with his 11-year-old son without discussing it with OP first. The son showed interest, leading to a complex situation. The initial plan only considers the daughter and this new proposition throws a wrench in the plan.

The Silent Eldest Son

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The eldest son was also asked about attending private school. Having shown no interest in switching schools himself, OP is somewhat relieved that she isn’t having to try and include a third tuition into this equation.

The Financial Conflict

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Financially, the couple cannot afford to send both children to the private school. They could only manage $15,000 annually, not the $30,000 needed for both. This causes tension as the husband suggests that either both kids should go or neither.

The Perceived Sabotage

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OP starts feeling like her husband is intentionally thwarting their daughter’s opportunities. The thought of denying their daughter the promised education irritates her. She even stated that they had already promised the daughter she would be attending this school.

What’s the Big Deal?

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She begins to resent her husband for his casual approach. Knowing that most kids are going to agree when given a choice frustrates OP. She is left to wonder if they would have never brought it up, would the younger son have even cared?

The Ultimatum Brewing

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Frustrated and desperate, OP considers issuing an ultimatum to her husband. This ultimatum would insist that their daughter’s education comes first due to prior commitments. She believes her husband should be the one to break the unfortunate news to his son.

The Unforeseen Consequences

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The family’s harmony is at stake, and their decision might have long-lasting implications for their relationships. Their choice can either bring them closer or drive a wedge between them.

The Ex-Wife’s Uncertain Future

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The son’s drug-addicted mother is close to death due to her addictions. Her situation could lead to further responsibilities and emotional challenges for the family. This adds another layer of complexity to the already strained circumstances.

The Unexpected News

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The husband, surprised by the ultimatum, struggles to cope with OP’s firm stand. He never thought his idea would lead to such turmoil. His casual decision has now triggered a severe marital conflict.

The Aftermath

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OP is stuck with the guilt of wanting to help her biological daughter or risking financial strain to send them both. With the boys’ mother in such a bad state, there is a lot of pressure to treat these boys like her own as well.

Was Refusing to Pay for Her Step-Son to Go to Private School Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “I feel bad for his kids. I say his kids since you clearly don’t consider them as important as your daughter. You are what every kid fears when their divorced parent finds someone new.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “Those boys need a lot of love and care right now if their birth mother is going through a difficult time and they’ve had to witness it.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “Sometimes, sending one child out of others to private school makes sense. Suppose they’re struggling, for example. This does not seem to be that kind of scenario.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “I can’t speak to why your husband mentioned it to your son, but either way, he deserves a chance at premium education as well. He is your son too, and you owe him the same effort you do your biological daughter.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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