A Thanksgiving Dilemma: Woman Asks Step-Children to Chip In, Sparks Family Drama 🦃💥

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Imagine this: You're a 47-year-old woman, married for 16 years to a man with two adult children. You've been there for them, supported them through college, and they've become your family. But then, life throws a curveball. Your husband contracts severe Covid, spends months in the hospital, and you're left with a mountain of medical bills. Your annual Thanksgiving tradition is at stake, and you decide to ask your step-children for help. But your husband is not on board. What would you do? 🤔

Meet the Family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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The Unforeseen Crisis 😷

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The Aftermath 🏥

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Financial Struggles 💸

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The Thanksgiving Tradition 🦃

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The Proposal 💡

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The Step-Children's Success 🎓💼

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The Husband's Refusal 😤

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The Step-Children's Response 💖

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The Husband's Fury 😡

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The Self-Doubt 😔

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A Family Torn Apart Over Thanksgiving: Who's Right? 🤷‍♀️

In a year marked by illness and financial hardship, a woman reaches out to her step-children for help to keep their Thanksgiving tradition alive. Her husband, however, is not on board, leading to a family feud. The step-children are more than willing to help, but the husband's anger leads the woman to question her actions. A classic case of 'damned if you do, damned if you don't'. What do you think? Let's dive into the internet's reactions to this family drama... 🍿

Husband's trauma affects Thanksgiving plans, wife seeks advice 🤔

TeepShow76 | TeepShow76

NTA, husband's pride hurt, but financial situation shouldn't be hidden. 🙏

smartsassseahorse | smartsassseahorse

Generational pride and financial struggles: a delicate situation for all 👯

JustOne_Girl | JustOne_Girl

Step-kids offer financial help despite husband's objections 👏

TheGingerCynic | TheGingerCynic

NTA: Husband's financial dishonesty sparks family drama 💥

byebyelovie | byebyelovie

NTA. Respectful honesty with step-children sparks family drama 🦃

EatLePie | EatLePie

NAH. John and Jane should chip in for shared events. 👍

Ok_Smell_8260 | Ok_Smell_8260

NTA. Asking for help after a near-death experience is understandable 👍

VorionLightbringer | VorionLightbringer

Supportive comment: Kids want to help, husband needs time 👏

OpinionatedAussieGal | OpinionatedAussieGal

Healthcare system leaves woman in debt, sparks family drama. 💥

CherryCool000 | CherryCool000

NTA. Asking for help with expensive Thanksgiving is sensible 👍

disusedhospital | disusedhospital

Husband's request puts wife in a tough spot 😵😢

NYCQuilts | NYCQuilts

NAH. Balancing budgets and preserving relationships during the holidays 🦃

Katy_moxie | Katy_moxie

Surviving a near-death experience can change a person. 😱

dancingturtle04 | dancingturtle04

Parents protect kids, step-kids praised. Drama unfolds. 😱

Low-Location363 | Low-Location363

NAH. Husband's feelings are frustrating, but you have a foundation 💪

regallll | regallll

Step kids respond well to request, husband's reaction crucial 🦃

Thistime232 | Thistime232

Stepfather's financial situation causes tension, seeks support from step-children. 🦃

Electronic-Shift7886 | Electronic-Shift7886

Stepchildren's voluntary offer shows their love and support ❤️

ADHDLifer | ADHDLifer

NTA, husband needs therapy and shouldn't treat you badly 🙏

notrapunzel | notrapunzel

"No one is an a**hole here! It's tough being dependent."

Ok-Image-5514 | Ok-Image-5514

NTA, you were right to reach out to the kids. 👏

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NAH - Financial strain causes family drama, but you did right 👍

RedditDK2 | RedditDK2

Stepchildren offer help, husband mad, medical debt embarrassment. NTA.

Waterbaby8182 | Waterbaby8182

NTA. Parental guilt and financial strain lead to tough decisions. 👏

Great_Baker_ | Great_Baker_

NTA, discuss financial situation with stepchildren for Thanksgiving support 🦃

throwawayj38sld | throwawayj38sld

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Gunitz | Gunitz

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Stepmom's NTA decision sparks family drama, husband's pride gets hurt 😕

ViolaVetch75 | ViolaVetch75

Step-mom asks for help, sparks family drama. Not the a**hole.

lattelane682 | lattelane682

Stepchildren support woman through debt, sparks family drama 💚

Emergency-Aardvark-6 | Emergency-Aardvark-6

You're NTA! Way to stand up for yourself! 💯

Psychological_Pack23 | Psychological_Pack23

Step-child offers to pay for husband's selfish Thanksgiving party 🙌

Characterde | Characterde

Men and their pride... 🙄

PurpleWomat | PurpleWomat

Asking step-children for help sparks family drama, but NTA! 🦃

DeshaMustFly | DeshaMustFly

NTA - Husband's pride left no option. Children's willingness is awesome! 👏

Horror-Cranberry4456 | Horror-Cranberry4456

NTA: You're doing the reasonable thing, but family drama ensues. 🦃💥

asianpox | asianpox

NTA: Being in the know and helping out is crucial 👍

General_Brilliant914 | General_Brilliant914

Stepkids save the day! 🦸‍♂️💪 They had no issues with stepmom's request.

AffectionateBite3827 | AffectionateBite3827

NTA for asking step-children to chip in. Husband overreacted 😱

BurritoBowlw_guac | BurritoBowlw_guac

NTA. Your husband's reaction is understandable given the circumstances. 🙏

enjoyingtheposts | enjoyingtheposts

NTA. Don't let his hurt pride ruin your Thanksgiving 🦃

Butterfly242424 | Butterfly242424

Step-children's understanding and medical bill reimbursement advice 🦃

butdidyoudiern | butdidyoudiern

NTA - Encourage your husband to seek help for his shame 🦃

sdpeasha | sdpeasha

NTA. Step-children support you, husband's pride hinders economic recovery. 💪

Careless-Image-885 | Careless-Image-885

Step-mom asks for help, sparks family drama. Not the a**hole.

bscrolling | bscrolling

Supportive comment encourages OP to prioritize self-care and therapy. 👍

No-Rice-2261 | No-Rice-2261

Navigating family drama during Thanksgiving can be challenging 🦃💥

OrindaSarnia | OrindaSarnia

Step kids willing to help financially, husband feels guilty 🙏

beergal621 | beergal621

Not the a**hole. Let's hear the juicy details! 🦃

NemiVonFritzenberg | NemiVonFritzenberg

NAH. Scaling back event or having attendees chip in is reasonable.

7DeadlyFrenchmen | 7DeadlyFrenchmen

NTA: Step-children should chip in, husband's ego causing drama 🦃

Hyche862 | Hyche862

Step-parenting win! NTA maintains strong bond with step-children 👏

PresentationLimp890 | PresentationLimp890

Debt and family drama? Time to swallow pride and ask for help 🦃💥

NoApollonia | NoApollonia

Supportive comment suggests helping John to resolve financial issues 💪

crbryant1972 | crbryant1972

NTA. Husband being proud, stepkids sound great. Family support matters! 👍

GumpTheChump | GumpTheChump

Step-mom asks for help, sparks family drama. Not the a**hole. 🦃

Previous_Opposite451 | Previous_Opposite451

NTA. Thanksgiving party planning gone wrong 😳

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Step-children help out after dad's brain injury. Heartwarming Thanksgiving 🦃

Senator_Bink | Senator_Bink

Family drama: Step-children refuse to chip in, sparks tension 😬

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Family support is crucial. Don't let pride hinder your progress. 👍

ch3no2-dec | ch3no2-dec

Empathy for a struggling provider, but NTA for setting boundaries. 👏

Bedquest | Bedquest

NTA. Fairness and compromise are key to a successful outcome! 👍

BigBeardedBoy3 | BigBeardedBoy3

NTA. Husband's pride causing family drama 😠

PrairieGrrl5263 | PrairieGrrl5263

Cooking for Thanksgiving? NTA, but husband needs to back off! 🦃

nerdgirl71 | nerdgirl71

COVID brain causes family drama. NTA for step-mom's request. 🦃

DameofDames | DameofDames

NTA: Helping out shouldn't mean going into debt 👍

coatrack68 | coatrack68

NTA, Covid might qualify you for hospital bill assistance... 🚡

grammar_karen | grammar_karen

NTA, family support during hard times 👏

thewildlifer | thewildlifer

"Dad" is embarrassed and hurting. Offer a potluck solution. Good luck! 🦃💥

Unhappy-Ninja-7684 | Unhappy-Ninja-7684

NTA. Husband's pride hurt, but step-kids want to help 🙏

crankylesbian | crankylesbian

NTA: Husband furious, but you're not the a**hole. 🙅‍♀️

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Sparks family drama: husband wants extravagant dinner, refuses financial help. NTA

Strange_Dog6483 | Strange_Dog6483

NTA. Step kids appreciate honesty and offer to help 👍

Odd-Sprinkles6186 | Odd-Sprinkles6186

NTA. Discuss financial responsibilities with your husband before the holidays. 👍

Gothic0165 | Gothic0165

Empathetic comment acknowledges husband's vulnerability, suggests therapy for healing 👩‍🗡👨‍🗡

IcyIssue | IcyIssue

🤔 Should've discussed with husband first. Pride vs. asking for help.

TheTech12292021 | TheTech12292021

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