This Redditor attends a prestigious British international school that his father pays for. His stepdad couldn’t afford to send his son to the same institution, but why should he sacrifice his future because of that?
OP (Original Poster) is a 16-year-old boy who goes to a British international school. He was able to attend because his father had paid for him to have the best education.
The New Man
OP’s dad got custody of him after he divorced OP’s mom several years prior to OP posting this story. After the divorce, OP’s mom married the man she had cheated on OP’s father with.
A New Brother
However, problems started when OP’s stepdad couldn’t afford to send his own son, OP’s stepbrother Jack, to a nice school like OP attended. It got so bad that OP’s mom even tried to get OP’s dad to stop sending him to the school he’s attending!
A Fair Education
OP’s mom claimed that it “wasn’t fair” that he went to a nice school while his stepbrother couldn’t. His dad was not impressed by the argument and said “no” to dismiss the entire issue.
Since OP lived with his dad, his mom had to visit him whenever his father wasn’t home to persuade him. She would say things like he “didn’t have to go to a fancy school.”
OP’s mom would even ask him about whether or not he’d bring up the situation with his dad. She had even accused her own son of having “elitist hobbies” because of the school he went to.
Only the Rich
According to OP, this “elitist hobby” his mother detested was reading Shakespeare. Needless to say, OP didn’t agree with his mother at all.
What a Great Guy
OP told his mother that none of this had been his fault. After all, his mom had already told him that the reason his stepdad couldn’t afford it was because he spent all his money on his mistress.
Not My Brother
OP went further and told his mother that he wasn’t going to destroy his education for a person he doesn’t know that well.
He wrote, “She can’t expect me to give up what I have now for the sake of a guy I only see once a month.”
She Really Did
At this point, OP noticed that his mom was looking really sad. Before she left, she told him he was being “inconsiderate of her feelings” and had left without another word.
He Wasn’t Finished
OP decided he hadn’t said everything he needed to say because he was angry. He told his mother that he wouldn’t give up his opportunities for the sake of her stepson.
A Dark Secret Is Revealed
When OP’s mom called him “selfish” for the situation, he said that at least he wasn’t a cheater who lost custody of her son because she “snorted cocaine” in front of him at 11 years old.
That’s the End
OP said that after that, they hadn’t talked anymore. His mother had completely severed contact with him and didn’t bother him anymore.
Users Chime In
The community was utterly horrified by what his mother was doing, and many didn’t even understand why it mattered where OP went to school.
One Redditor summed it up nicely, saying, “Not the a**hole. In fact, it makes your mum massively entitled, not to mention she’s picking favorites. She would lower the standard of your education and take you from a school you’re happy with just to appease your stepbrother. And the horrible way she’s trying to manipulate you into giving it up after she tried to end around you to your dad, and it failed. Not the a**hole all day.”
Another Redditor really blasted OP’s mom, saying, “Did she consider your father’s feelings when she cheated on him? Or yours? Your dad is paying for it, not her. Point out how you value having the education you are getting. The other kid is not your problem. Nor are the feelings of the guy who was instrumental in the breakup of your family. Sure, take your mom’s feelings into consideration. Ask her if she thinks you should get the best education possible. Ask her why she wants to keep you enrolled where you are now. Why would public school be better? Why would she want to treat this other child better than her own son? Pour on the guilt. She is doing it to you. She is your mother. She should know and act better.”
A Sad Tale
It is undeniably a sad event when a mother and son break contact with one another, but few people could find a reason to blame OP.
One Redditor put it best by saying, “Not the a**hole. Your mom is, for one, entitled. Your schooling situation has nothing to do with Jack, and he doesn’t need a ‘fancy’ school to get the education he needs. Good for you that you like reading Shakespeare. It’s a nice hobby! Although throwing up in your mother’s face about what she talked to you about was wrong, I completely would’ve done the same.”
Then, a woman pointed out, “Who is being inconsiderate of whom here? Mom says OP is being inconsiderate? That’s rich! Her own child should come first, but then it’s clear she’s a very selfish person.”
What do you think about how OP handled the situation? Was he right or wrong to stand his ground and break off contact with his mother?
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This post first appeared as He Refused to Sacrifice His Future and Leave His Private School Just Because His Cheating Mom’s New Husband Can’t Afford to Send His Stepbrother to One. Now He’s Labeled a “Selfish” and “Inconsiderate” Jerk! on Quote Ambition.