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    My MIL did this in my house & man I was gutted for my kids, especially since it was in OUR house & totally shoved in their faces.

    Just 1 more issue I have with her. I make a point of everything being fair for all the kids in my house, so sick of a$$holes outside of our house causing dramas

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    Far our Brussel sprouts I've been sympathetic to your feelings on all this but for a grandparent to buy a different value gift for their grandchild than their step grand child is At best thoughtless and at worst Petty and cruel

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    That just seems wrong. My DPs mother asked if she could buy gifts for my boys this year for Christmas. DP and I discussed it and agreed that no she shouldn't because they haven't met her yet (she lives 5 hours away).

    I was surprised she even thought of it tbh but it was a lovely thought. I don't think I could handle it if she did what you've described.

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    I'd be heartbroken for DS if he had to watch his half/step siblings or cousins open great presents and be thrown a cheap and nasty $2 gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chew the Mintie View Post
    Far our Brussel sprouts I've been sympathetic to your feelings on all this but for a grandparent to buy a different value gift for their grandchild than their step grand child is At best thoughtless and at worst Petty and cruel
    I was merely trying to ascertain the dynamic of LMF's family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chew the Mintie View Post
    Far our Brussel sprouts I've been sympathetic to your feelings on all this but for a grandparent to buy a different value gift for their grandchild than their step grand child is At best thoughtless and at worst Petty and cruel
    My parents and brother spend hundreds on my children for each Christmas and Birthday. They get completely spoilt.
    For them to be labelled petty and cruel because they don't spend hundreds on a child they see maybe twice a year is just ludicrous.
    They.are.not.his.grandparents.
    He has his own.
    We are alllllll ok with this.

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    I guess if the stepson is okay with it, whatever floats your boat. My in laws see us a handful of times per year, but still treat DS as a grandson and spend accordingly at xmas/birthdays.

    I'm just picturing a family gathering where one child is given cheap and nasty toys, while the others open really good ones. It sounds off, and I'd hurt for DS.

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    I don't think FOBS SS would be there for a big family gathering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faroutbrusselsprout View Post
    My parents and brother spend hundreds on my children for each Christmas and Birthday. They get completely spoilt.
    For them to be labelled petty and cruel because they don't spend hundreds on a child they see maybe twice a year is just ludicrous.
    They.are.not.his.grandparents.
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    We are alllllll ok with this.
    In a sense if they do not see SK apart from couple of times a year I kind of understand. In our case MIL sees my lot the same amount of time she sees her bio GK

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    Quote Originally Posted by ourbradybunch View Post
    In a sense if they do not see SK apart from couple of times a year I kind of understand. In our case MIL sees my lot the same amount of time she sees her bio GK
    This is where the time factor comes in that we were talking about earlier I think, and illustrates the difference between a step mum and a step dad vs time spent with each step parent.

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