Is Step-Dad Right In How He Co-Parents? – OPP
For Other People's Problems, a dad is upset at how is ex-wife's new husband is handling their 7 year old son. The ex-wife says it's just good co-parenting.
Mike and Kate
My ex-wife's new husband threw away my 7-year-old son's favorite toy. It's a stuffed Dora The Explorer, and he never goes anywhere without it. My ex-wife's new husband told my son that only sissies play with dolls and that he needs to "toughen up." He said that he was doing him a favor when he took it away. My son was crushed and has been crying and upset since it happened last week.
Needless to say, I came unglued when I heard about what he did. I told my ex-wife that her jerk of a new husband had no right to do that to MY son. She said not only did he have a right to co-parent our child, but that he was doing the right thing by throwing it away. She thinks that our son needs to start growing up and we are doing him a disservice by letting him play with things that are intended for 4-year-old girls. We have only been divorced a year and she knows how much this toy meant to our son. It seems so cold-hearted on her part.
How should I handle this, because right now, I want to drive over there and beat the crap out of him? I suggested all three of us sit down and talk about boundaries but my ex-wife told me (in a text) that it's non of my business what happens at their house, on their time with our son. Should I buy my son another Dora? I really want to set up some guidelines since it seems like my son's step-father is such a bully.
Any advice would be great!
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