Mom Tells Step-Son 'Thems the Breaks' Over College Funds: Fair or Foul?

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Imagine this: you're a teenager, dreaming of college, only to discover that while your stepsister can go anywhere she wants, your choices are limited by finances. This is the reality for Nick, a 16-year-old junior, whose stepmother (49F) and father (49M) have saved enough for only half a bachelor's degree at an in-state public school. Meanwhile, his stepsister Catie (17) has her entire college journey funded by her wealthy biological father. When Nick confronted his parents about the disparity, his stepmother's response was, 'Thems the breaks.' Let's delve into this emotionally charged family drama. 🎓👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💔

A Tale of Two College Funds 🎓💸

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The Blended Family Equation 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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The Divorce Agreement 📝

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The Financial Reality Check 💰

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The Unfair Financial Landscape ⚖️

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Nick's Limited College Fund 🎓💔

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The Uncomfortable Revelation 😮

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Nick's Plea for Fairness 🙏

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The Controversial Response 😲

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The Fallout 🌪️

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A College Fund Conundrum: Who's the Villain Here? 🎓💔

In a world where college dreams often clash with financial realities, one blended family finds itself in the midst of a heated debate. Nick, the 16-year-old stepson, finds his college options limited by finances, while his stepsister Catie, 17, has her entire college journey funded by her wealthy biological father. When Nick confronted his parents about the disparity, his stepmother's response was a blunt 'Thems the breaks.' The internet is buzzing with opinions on this emotionally charged family drama. Let's see what the web has to say about this situation... 🕸️

Stepmom's flippant response to stepson's college funds dilemma sparks debate

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"Thems the breaks" - a dismissive way to deliver a valid message. YTA 😒

CanterCircles | CanterCircles

"Thems the breaks": Blunt but necessary reality check for entitled step-son 😬

KronkLaSworda | KronkLaSworda

NTA. Nick's college funds are limited, but he still has options 🎓💸

Cryptographer_Alone | Cryptographer_Alone

YTA. That was an extremely flippant thing to say to a kid. Why not be kind and say Catie's father makes much more than you do and is footing her bills. 😡

Rude_Vermicelli2268 | Rude_Vermicelli2268

NTA for the decision -- but Brian should have been the speaker 😬

NewfromNY | NewfromNY

Step-son wants college funds, mom says 'Thems the breaks'

No-Locksmith-8590 | No-Locksmith-8590

NTA- Inappropriate for Nick to ask for Catie's college funds. Fairness doesn't exist. 🚫

chuckinhoutex | chuckinhoutex

Regretting college choice and student debt. Not all kids are rational.

BioGirl956 | BioGirl956

NTA "Thems the breaks" could've been said more tactfully, but not a**hole territory yet.

Nobeernotvsmthgsmthg | Nobeernotvsmthgsmthg

"Thems the breaks" comment sparks debate on empathy and fairness 😕

sjsyed | sjsyed

"NTA. Tough lesson for stepson. Life isn't fair. Hang in there!"

robiatortilla | robiatortilla

NTA: It's not your responsibility to fund his kid's schooling.

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Honesty is tough, but life isn't always fair. NTA. 👍

Zazzog | Zazzog

NTA. Honest explanation about financial disparities in blended families. 💰

HootblackDesiato | HootblackDesiato

NTA! Keep showing Nick love and support, he'll appreciate it 😊

OctopussQueen | OctopussQueen

Fair or Foul? Step-mom's college funds dilemma sparks mixed reactions 😕

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Generous or unfair? NTA pays half, others disagree. 🤷‍♀️

tre_chic00 | tre_chic00

Helpful advice on college funding options for step-son. 🎓

zdstormwolf | zdstormwolf

NTA: You're being a good parent, giving him time to process 👍

HRHtheDuckyofCandS | HRHtheDuckyofCandS

NAH- Reality check: Education is about what you DO with it! 👍

scarybottom | scarybottom

Stepson's entitlement sparks debate over college funds. NTA perspective dominates.

JuliaX1984 | JuliaX1984

Helpful suggestions for step-mom to assist step-son's college journey ✨

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Independence is key! Grants, scholarships, and hard work pay off! 💪

Celestia-Messenger | Celestia-Messenger

Mom's tough love: True but could breed long term resentment 😬

katieleehaw | katieleehaw

Saying 'no' firmly to kids: tough love or bad parenting? 😕

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Being honest with kids about life's unfairness: NTA 👍

baneline2 | baneline2

Life isn't fair, but 'thems the breaks' for college funds. 🤔

Sorry_Lawfulness_221 | Sorry_Lawfulness_221

Clear communication about college funds can avoid frustration and misunderstandings 😕

The_Wyzard | The_Wyzard

Stepmom prioritizes step-sisters' education, dad doesn't help. NTA.

nkbee | nkbee

Step-mom takes daughter's college fund: NTA, they're the AHs 😡

Minute_Patient_8841 | Minute_Patient_8841

NTA, your son can still go to college! 💪🎓

KirbyxArt | KirbyxArt

Blunt but fair. Husband should have explained circumstances and options.

ImaginaryStandard293 | ImaginaryStandard293

NTA, stepson must work and save money for college. 👍

MagicianOk6393 | MagicianOk6393

NTA defends parents' financial responsibility, calls out entitled teens. 🙄

Homeowner238 | Homeowner238

NTA, dad's request is like a neighbor asking for money 💰

Unknown-U | Unknown-U

NTA. Boy has to use the hand he is dealt 🤞

abletofable | abletofable

NTA - Fair or foul? Let's hear your thoughts! 🤔

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Stepmom's unequal treatment sparks debate: Birth lottery or favoritism?

Mirror_Initial | Mirror_Initial

Parents shouldn't be expected to pay for everything after 18! 🤷‍♂️

Jarhead731 | Jarhead731

NTA. Life isn't fair, and sometimes tough love is necessary. 👍

Tatertotsmagee | Tatertotsmagee

NTA - Polite response to entitled request for college funds.

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Commenter criticizes step-mom for lack of empathy and kindness 😡

Electronic_Swing_887 | Electronic_Swing_887

Unfortunate situation, but a bit cold. Soft YTA. 😔

OddNastySatisfaction | OddNastySatisfaction

NTA, defending 'them's the breaks' as fair and reasonable 💪

Hyacinthus98 | Hyacinthus98

"Thems the breaks" - A study in inequality and financial aid.

EmmalouEsq | EmmalouEsq

Step-mom not at fault for withholding college funds. NTA! ✌️

_shardik | _shardik

Step-mom's unequal treatment of step-son sparks outrage. YTA! 😡

Bludongle | Bludongle

NTA: Brutal honesty or heartless? 🤷‍♂️

PensionWhole6229 | PensionWhole6229

NTA. Reality check: Life's tough, can't sugar-coat it 🤷‍♀️

CaptainBeverlyPicard | CaptainBeverlyPicard

Annoyed by 'thems the breaks'? You're not alone! 😒

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YTA for saying 'Thems the Breaks' about college funds 😬

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