Step-son's home - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 08-07-2012, 09:53 PM - Thread Starter
VocalMinority's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: surrounded by testosterone
Posts: 1,292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

So, we had major drama at the beginning of the summer:

1. My older step-son (DH's son from his 1st marriage) got married the 3rd weekend in June, which is a bit later than 13-year-old DSS's mom tends to start her summer visit.

2. We took advantage of a good deal and got plane tix for DSS to fly back from Mom's for the wedding and back out to her, afterward.  DH told her about these tickets - and the wedding - 6 months in advance.

3. She cancelled the tickets.  DH re-reserved them.  She cancelled them again.

4. DH said, "Then just start your summer visit after the wedding!"  After all, upon closer examination we realized:

--- Each of the last 4 years, Mom has elected to start her summer parenting time on Friday, either the 2nd or 3rd weekend in June.  So keeping DSS with us through that 3rd weekend and flying him out to her Monday deviated from her normal schedule by as few as a couple of days.

--- When they filed for divorce, the NCP got to unilaterally choose the summer dates.  They continued that practice, on auto-pilot, even after Mom moved to California and DH got custody.  But it turns out the "unilateral" part is only for parents who live near each other.   "When distance is a major factor", the summer visit is to be scheduled around the kid's activities and commitments.

5. True to form, Mom bought tickets for DSS that started his summer visit in the very beginning of June, right before his birthday, such that he wouldn't be here for the wedding.  

6.  Since DSS was 8, Mom has neither chosen to have him on his birthday, nor come here to visit him then.  But this year - when it could keep DSS away from a major family event with us - it became her top priority.  She promised a big party in CA, with friends traveling from out of town to be there (her friends, not DSS's...but still.  It sure sounded rotten to ruin such an event, by refusing to send DSS until after the wedding.)

7.  DH asked Mom to come and spend DSS's birthday with him here.  We offered to let her have him the whole day and to celebrate with him a different day, ourselves.  DH encouraged her to consider how DSS would feel, if he missed his brother's wedding.  Well, she thought DH should be compassionate toward DSS and consider how he has suffered through so many recent birthdays "away from his family".  She was resolute about only spending DSS's birthday with him on her turf.  How can one possibly negotiate with a person like her?


It was a really hard call, but in the end we did not send him on the outbound flight Mom bought.  We bought him a ticket to fly out there after the wedding, then welcomed her to change the return flight she'd purchased, so he could spend the full 7 weeks with her.  Poor DSS got to hear from not only Mom, but her parents and her best friend about how his absence ruined "the entire month of June" for them, but that of course it wasn't his fault, they were sure he felt just as upset as they did.


After all that, I was bracing myself for how DSS would be, when he got home.  Mom did change his return flight, but still sent him back a full week earlier than she had to!  


Naturally, she chose a flight where DSS had to change planes alone - on an airline that doesn't offer Unaccompanied Minor escorts - something DH has been fighting to keep her from doing, for years.  Indeed, this first time DSS changed planes alone, his connecting flight was cancelled and he was stranded for several hours in a city hundreds of miles from anyone he knew.


But he's home now, and seems fine.  He's very pleasant, glad to be back and eager for school to start.  What a relief!

One woman in a house full of men:  my soul mate:  partners.gif  orfencing.gif... twin sons:lurk.giflurk.gif(HS juniors) ... step-son: guitar.gif (a freshman) ... our little man: kid.gif  (a kindergartener) ... and there is another female in the house, after all:  ourdog2.gif. 
VocalMinority is offline  
#2 of 4 Old 08-08-2012, 06:44 AM
Kate&Joey's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Just WOW.  I really feel for your DSS.  This all sounds like something DH's Ex would do.  I just don't understand how people can make their own children suffer due to their own issues.  Really selfish and disheartening.


I'm so glad DSS seems to have suffered no ill-effects and is back in the land of normal! 



Mom to DD heartbeat.gif (04.21.13)   DS blahblah.gif (8 years old) and DSD energy.gif(10 years old) and 2 dog2.gif and 2cat.gif
Kate&Joey is online now  
#3 of 4 Old 08-08-2012, 01:29 PM
Mummoth's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 3,466
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

I'm glad he's home. He deserves so much better than her. I guess now that he's taken a flight that got cancelled and had to wait it out all alone once, she's going to push even harder for that now? 

~Teresa, raising DS (Jan. 02) and DD1 (Jun. 04) and DD2 (Dec. 11) with DH.

Mummoth is online now  
#4 of 4 Old 08-10-2012, 12:10 PM
aricha's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1,166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Glad he is back and seems to be making a smooth adjustment! 

Parenting four little monkeys (11, 8, 6, and 4) with the love of my life. Making it up as I go.
aricha is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off