Originally Posted by GalateaDunkel
"It's HIS son, HIS responsibility, not hers."
OK, so where's the paid caregiver to watch the kid while he has to be at work?
I suspect that both dad and stepmom would find that a ridiculous question. Obviously, they have arranged that she stays home and does childcare. She just doesn't want to do *too much* childcare. So the kid is expected to essentially take care of himself in developmentally inappropriate ways, and punished when he fails.
The moral of the story is, if you're inclined to deal with non bio-kids in stingy terms of technical obligation, don't get involved with someone who already has kids of their own.
Yes, exactly, his kid, his responsibility.
His son is in school throughout most of the day while he's at work. He should see his son gets on the bus or drive him to school on his way to work every morning instead of pawning off his son on his new wife. Marrying someone with kids does not mean you become parent to those kids and their own parent can bail, dumping their responsibilities on someone else.
I would not say anything is obvious, She is staying home with her newborn while his son is in school, how does that make her SAHM to his son? She may have been full time employed prebaby and planning to return to work after her maternity leave or babymoon period has ended.
I truly believe the father is slacking, pawning off his kid, and I think he needs to stand up and be a man. His son should NOT be expected to care for himself. His father needs to be a father and take care of his son.
Oh, and you say, how as the income provider can he be expected to care for his son... ask all the working single moms out there how...
Why do men never have to take care of their own, financially, emotionally, psychologically, etc.? Why are all the women in their lives expected to do their job (parenting) for them? Cause they're women?