Imagine being in a relationship for 9 years, patiently waiting for your partner's kids to accept you, only to realize they never will. That's the story of a 38-year-old woman who was dating Mark, a 42-year-old widower with two kids. The couple agreed to take things slow, but after nearly a decade, the kids still treated her with coldness and distance. When Mark's parents tried to get them back together, she finally snapped. Was she too harsh, or did she make the right call? Let's dive into this emotional rollercoaster. 😥
The Slow-Paced Relationship 🐢
Therapy and Distance 🧘
Cold Kids, Warm Heart 💔
The Turning Point ⏳
The Family Dinner Disaster 🍽️
The Painful Realization 😞
The Breakup 💔
The Parents' Attempt 🕊️
Standing Her Ground 🛑
The Final Word 🗣️
The Parents' Reaction 😠
The Question 🤔
A Heartbreaking Decision 💔
After 9 years of patiently waiting, this woman couldn't take it anymore. She realized that her ex's kids would never accept her, and she couldn't tie herself to a man whose family would always treat her as an outsider. When her ex's parents tried to get them back together, she had to put her foot down and stand up for herself. But was she too harsh? Or did she make the right call? Let's see what the internet thinks of this heart-wrenching situation... 😢
NTA. OP shows exceptional compassion and strength, time to move on. 👏
Leaving after 9 years was brave. NTA. 👍
Breaking up with someone toxic is healthy. Kids need to understand.
Stepchildren exclude and dismiss woman, deserve blame. NTA.
Self-care is important. You tried for years. NTA 👍
Breaking up with someone with kids can be tough 💔
NTA for standing up to toxic ex's family 👏
Standing up to toxic people is important. NTA for leaving.
Girl power! Commenter supports woman standing up for herself 💪
NTA for leaving a man who let his kids control his life 👍
Putting your own happiness first is never a**hole move 👍
Empowering response to infertility struggle 💪🏻👏
NTA. The kids' sense of entitlement is inherited. You deserve better 👏
Don't let anyone hold you back from your dreams 💪🏼
Support for a woman who is being judged for moving on.
Cutting ties with toxic ex's family. NTA, you deserve better 💯
Deserve better! NTA for moving on after 9 years 👏
You deserve better! 🙌🏼 NTA for moving on.
NTA. Time to move on and block their number. 👋
NTA. Ex's adult kids are dominating his life. Not your fault.
Commenter questions ex's family loyalty, receives defensive response.
Nine years lost for his kids? Definitely not the a**hole! 👍
Commenter supports OP and criticizes ex's kids for selfish behavior 😡
Supportive comment with a hint of curiosity 🤔
You're NTA for standing up for yourself and setting boundaries 👏
NTA. Mark's kids should have come to some acceptance. Enjoy! 👍
Breaking up was hard, but healthy. NTA 👏
Don't suffer for love. Cut them out. NTA 👍
Cutting ties with ex's parents after breakup: NTA advice 👍
Moving on from toxic ex and his selfish kids 👏
Curious about the timeline of the relationship after Mark's wife.
Curious commenter questions if kids are sabotaging dad's happiness. 🤔
Empowerment at its finest 💪: Shutting down toxic in-laws
Adult 👨🎓 kids? NTA 👍 for calling out their bad behavior.
Moving on after a 9-year relationship. NTA.
NTA for ending relationship due to Mark's kids' cruelty 👍
Breaking your own heart in the short term to save it ❤️
Find someone who loves and respects you 💞 #NTA
Defending oneself against selfishness of ex's kids 👊
Cutting ties with toxic ex's family. Good riddance 💯
Woman stands up for herself after breakup with ex's parents 👏
Standing up for yourself after 9 years. NTA 👏
NTA. You put yourself first finally 👏🏻. Live for you 😊
After 9 years of trying, NTA decides to cut off entitled ex-in-laws 👋
Blaming the kids for the breakup? NTA explains why.
Supportive comment defends OP, predicts regret for ex's parents 👏
Empathetic response to NTA comment on grief and relationships.
After 9 years of being dismissed, NTA for ending it 👏
User defends woman's actions towards ex's kids after long estrangement.
Heartfelt support for woman who ended a toxic relationship. ❤️
Commenter sympathizes with woman's brutal breakup after 9 years.
Deserve better! NTA stands for not the a**hole 👍
OP receives support for standing up for herself and her relationship.
Time to move on! 👍
Choose yourself, OP! NTA for moving on from toxic ex's family 👏
Commenter empathizes with OP and shares personal experience with step-parent, NTA
NTA. Mark and his family treated her horribly for years 💩
Step-family struggles: NTA for setting boundaries 👏
Ex's kids were awful, NTA for ending the relationship 👏
Taking control of your own relationship 💪
Self-love wins: commenter defends woman's breakup decision. 👏
You stood up for yourself and were not too harsh 👏
Supportive comment on breaking up with emotionally immature partner.
Walking away from a toxic situation is always the right move 👍
Empathetic response to woman's NTA comment about brutal breakup.
Commenter criticizes ex's children for not wanting their dad to be happy 😒
Breaking up with your partner is hard, but breaking up with their parents is even harder. This commenter recognized when to cut her losses and is definitely NTA.
Breaking up is hard, but she did the right thing 👍
Commenter defends OP's breakup and parenting, calling out disrespectful ex's family.
Harsh truth or unnecessary insult? Avoiding single parents in dating.
Don't put your life on hold for someone else's kids. 👍
True love or wasted time? The debate continues... 💜
Not the a**hole! But what did she say? 🤔
Moving on after 9 years. NTA. Exes are exes for reasons.
She's not the a**hole, but what did she say? 🤔