Mom's Tough Love: Teaching Kids the Cost of Life 💸🏠

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Meet a mom (35) with two boys, Mike (16) and Dave (13), who finds herself in a challenging situation. After her ex-husband, Matt, had an affair and left the family, she met Tim (41) and they got married. With Tim's two kids and an unexpected pregnancy, life changes have led to some tough decisions. The boys are upset when their mom tells them she's going to start charging their dad rent for their family home. Will they understand the financial reality or is the mom being too harsh? 🤔💔

Life After the Affair

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New Love and a Blended Family

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Ex Returns and Living Arrangements Change

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Moving In with Tim

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Boys Choose Dad's House

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A New Home for Everyone

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New House, New Beginnings

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Unexpected Pregnancy

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Family Therapy

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Financial Reality Hits

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Twisted Tale

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Boys' Anger

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Harsh Reality Check

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Money Matters

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Too Harsh or Necessary?

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Financial Struggles and Family Drama

After blending their families and facing an unexpected pregnancy, this mom and her new husband are forced to make some tough decisions. When she informs her ex-husband that she'll be charging him rent for their family home, he twists the story and tells their sons that she's favoring her new family. The boys are angry and accuse their mom of choosing Tim over them. In an attempt to make them understand the financial reality, she gives them a harsh reality check about the cost of living. Was she too harsh or just trying to teach her kids an important life lesson? Let's see what the internet thinks of this situation... 💭👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

NTA. Ex's financial abuse and manipulation through kids is unacceptable 👎

Nyankitty666 | Nyankitty666

Setting the record straight and calling out a freeloader. 👏

lellyla | lellyla

Ex tries to manipulate kids, but OP teaches them life skills 👨‍🎓

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Divorce, therapy, and gaslighting. Tough love or emotional abuse? 🤔

Slutt_Puppy | Slutt_Puppy

Teaching kids about cost of living and budgeting 💰

JsPrittyKitty | JsPrittyKitty

Teaching kids financial responsibility and the importance of therapy 💰

AjDuke9749 | AjDuke9749

Father's irresponsibility caused financial burden on NTA and sons 💸

Inevitable_Simple869 | Inevitable_Simple869

Investing in sons' future homes. Ex trying to drive wedge. 👍

Pinkie_Flamingo | Pinkie_Flamingo

Teaching kids the cost of life 💰👩‍👦‍👦. NTA mom gets real.

MamaofTwinDragons | MamaofTwinDragons

Single mom defends herself against accusations of being unfair. 🙅‍♀️

procrastinating_b | procrastinating_b

Ex cheats, disappears, returns, gets house. NTA, kick him out 👊

goodchem | goodchem

Mom's tough love pays off, ex gets called out 😎

nsnfldal | nsnfldal

Divorce and remarriage struggles, NTA, ex is the real AH 👎

CLj0008 | CLj0008

Teaching kids about finances: NTA and age-appropriate lessons 💰

Ashamed_Charity_7168 | Ashamed_Charity_7168

Teaching kids the cost of life: NTA and reasonable 👍

KaleidoscopeNo4431 | KaleidoscopeNo4431

Teaching kids financial responsibility amidst parental alienation. 🤑💸

C_Alex_author | C_Alex_author

Ex gets called out for bad behavior. 😎

Straight_Egg3702 | Straight_Egg3702

Teaching kids about money: NTA, open discussions are important 💰

Stephreads | Stephreads

Commenter supports OP and criticizes ex. 👍

wendelporcupine | wendelporcupine

Encouraging words for a mom dealing with a tough situation 👍

iron_red | iron_red

Ex mooching off NTA mom, time to pay up 💰

Upstairs-Series5032 | Upstairs-Series5032

Teaching kids the value of money through budget breakdowns 🤑

BewBewsBoutique | BewBewsBoutique

Reddit agrees: YNTA (You're Not The A-hole)

The_Cost_Of_Lies | The_Cost_Of_Lies

Living together before marriage: cultural differences? 🤔

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Matt accuses mom of greed, commenters support mom's decision. 👍

Powerful-Spot8764 | Powerful-Spot8764

Teaching kids about money is crucial 💰💵

markdmac | markdmac

Beating the ex at their own game, NTA strategy 💪

DragonLady8891 | DragonLady8891

Teaching kids the value of money, NTA comment agrees.

Living_la_vida_hobo | Living_la_vida_hobo

Bio dad is a mooch, keep doing the right thing 👍

TryingKindness | TryingKindness

💰 Teaching financial responsibility to entitled children. #NTA

grayhairedqueenbitch | grayhairedqueenbitch

Don't enable your cheating adult son. NTA. 👍

toomuchgrittoomuch | toomuchgrittoomuch

Exes and favors: a lesson in tough love 👍

swag-baguette | swag-baguette

Mom's tough love pays off, NTA wins the day 👏

JudesM | JudesM

Parental alienation is disgusting and unacceptable 😠

TerminatorARB | TerminatorARB

NTA stands up to ex's parental alienation with lawyer's help 💪

2squirrelpeople | 2squirrelpeople

Teaching tough love: NTA, but should've told kids sooner 🤷‍♀️

Name_Hunter_Kaiser | Name_Hunter_Kaiser

Teaching kids financial responsibility is important. 💰

HexStarlight | HexStarlight

Don't let manipulative family members take advantage of you. 👍

StarNightLynx | StarNightLynx

Teaching tough love or weaponizing kids? NTA eviction suggestion.

Cybermagetx | Cybermagetx

Teaching financial responsibility to kids, and dealing with untrustworthy tenants. 💰

sonnidaez | sonnidaez

Co-parenting struggles: Navigating honesty and patience with your children.

DramaticWebPersona | DramaticWebPersona

Teaching life's cost without being an a**hole 👍

sarahlenk | sarahlenk

Not the a**hole, but what did the kid do?

PFic88 | PFic88

Teaching financial responsibility with tough love 💸🏠

GrWr44 | GrWr44

Single mom praised for tough love on entitled kids. 👏

MadOvid | MadOvid

Teaching kids financial reality, NTA. Honest and direct approach 💰

matchy_blacks | matchy_blacks

NTA! Tough love is necessary for toxic family members. 👏

1Czy-Bleu_Bird2576 | 1Czy-Bleu_Bird2576

Grandmother's wisdom humbled commenter and taught gratitude. 👏

debbuyer1975 | debbuyer1975

Sell the house to avoid entanglement. NTA.

thymeraser | thymeraser

Teaching kids financial responsibility: NTA shows monthly budget 💰

terpischore761 | terpischore761

Teaching kids about budgeting and emotions, NTA. Consider therapy 💰💸

AccousticMotorboat | AccousticMotorboat

Teaching kids financial responsibility early on is important 💰

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Supportive comment, encouraging self-care. 🙏🏾

Accomplished-Farm-88 | Accomplished-Farm-88

Teaching kids cost of living, NTA for laying down rules 👍

pdnim7 | pdnim7

Divorcee's ex living rent-free in her house, needs resolution ASAP. NTA

ieatafig | ieatafig

NTA mom receives support for teaching kids the cost of life 💰

JipC1963 | JipC1963

Divorce drama and family feuds 💔

iraven_mccoy | iraven_mccoy

Parental alienation and child support struggles. NTA. 💔

SalisburyWitch | SalisburyWitch

Teaching kids the cost of life 💰. NTA and valuable lesson.

PoshKhattie | PoshKhattie

Standing up to a cheating ex and teaching kids responsibility. NTA 👏

Selphis | Selphis

Teaching kids the cost of life and consequences of cheating. 💰

NexxonX | NexxonX

NTA. Ex needs to move out. Kids don't need financial details 👍

ScreaminSicilianGirl | ScreaminSicilianGirl

Not the a**hole, but why? Tell us your story! 👍

bivo979 | bivo979

Teaching responsibility without being an a**hole 👍

MKatieUltra | MKatieUltra

Teaching kids about finance through grocery shopping and saving 💰

DistinctMeringue | DistinctMeringue

Matt gets called out and judged. NTA wins the day 👏

MariaInconnu | MariaInconnu

Commenter shares why they prefer to remain single 💔

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NTA OP's ex is a deadbeat manipulator who caused all this 👎

OneTwoWee000 | OneTwoWee000

Teaching kids the cost of life. NTA for setting boundaries. 👍

AggravatingPatient18 | AggravatingPatient18

Commenter empathizes with sons' insecurities about living space 😢

kittydeathdrop | kittydeathdrop

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