Parents divorced when OP's mom came out as gay. Two and a half years of estrangement followed until a wedding invitation in June revealed her mom's new life with the same partner and two children; she didn't attend.
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Therapist suggested reconnecting with divorced mom. Visits were strained; her new spouse was unfriendly, making remarks, and kept the kids away when they played with OP.
Mom sent a gift list with a $50 minimum for each family member. OP agreed to buy for the kids but refused to spend on the wife.
Stepmother called and screamed about being mistreated. OP said they care about their father, not her.
Friends say to get over it, but OP's unsure where to stand.
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Love's free, not price-tagged.
Mom's gift budget: skipping VIP access for Dad and the squad? It's the frugal holiday special—"Christmas Chronicles: Tight Purse Edition."
Mom's on a "Dollars and Sense" gift spree, setting a minimum like it's a holiday discount store. Not feeling the festive generosity!
Mom's wish list has a dollar minimum? Must've missed the memo that said "Santa's Workshop, LLC."
Mom's gift rule is more like a teen's nightmare. Distance from the chaos—better than any gift under $50.
Gift minimums at 16? Mom's wishlist is like a Grinchy boundary crash.
Demanding gifts? At any age, it's a "Rudeness 101" move, but at 16, it's like asking for a unicorn on a budget.
Bombastic side eye, indeed.
Time for a therapist upgrade; Mom's drama is a budget soap opera, and the teen isn't buying tickets.
100% agree. Therapist suggesting a reunion with the drama? That's like prescribing more chaos for a minor.
Skip the toxic rom-com for sanity.
Their opinions on this situation are like a bad sequel—not worth watching.
Mom's budget is Hollywood, not family.
Mom's toxicity level is off the charts, and the therapist needs a recalibration on this one.
Time to cut ties with the toxic magician.
Stepwife's keeping the kids like a game of hide-and-seek. Mom's behavior is top-tier atrocious; seems she's acing lessons from her wife.
Step-parent badges aren't given out with wedding rings alone.
Cheating is a universal game, regardless of gender. Santa for the kids, but for the moms, a surprise coal gift—wrapped, of course.
Therapist advice feels more like trash talk; they must be practicing in a garbage can.
Mom's drama needs Dad's front-row ticket. Her script lacks plot twists; sending virtual Grammy hugs from the VIP internet section.
Ditch the therapist; that advice is a sitcom without laughs. Feel free to ghost Mom's show; it's not winning any awards.
Mom's expecting a generosity jackpot after the abandonment lottery. Her partner's kindness is on backorder, apparently.
Respect is a two-way street, not a maze. Mom's partner, or "partner," is in the hostility fast lane with no rewards.
Friends say "Mother," but the wise response is, "Sorry she's theirs."
Mom's entitlement: a financial twist.
Therapist, stepping out of bounds like it's a game of tag.
As the Christmas meltdown unfolds, deeper issues surface, challenging preconceived notions and prompting a reevaluation of what it truly means to forge connections within the intricacies of a modern family.
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