He Financially Supported His Wife’s Nephews, but When He Told His Sister He Wouldn’t Be So Generous with Her Children, She Accused Him of Favoritism

A man recently asked for some advice after his sister got mad at him for not spending equal money on his nieces and nephews. Here’s what happened.

They were married for five years

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A 30-year-old man and his wife had been married quite happily for five years.

They came from different backgrounds

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The man came from a fairly wealthy family, but his wife came from a very poor one.

They got on well

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What helped was that the man got along with his wife’s family—her parents and her two teenage brothers. He said, “I have a good relationship with my in-laws.”

They wanted to help out

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The boys had limited opportunities due to their parents’ financial issues, but their sister wanted to help them out as much as possible, and the man agreed.

They bought lots of presents

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It all started with extra gifts for birthdays and Christmas. The man said, “We got them birthday and Christmas gifts outside their parents’ budget, and we paid for birthday dinners.”

They decided to give more

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Over time, the couple decided to help them some more. They thought it would make sense to pay the boys to do various jobs around their house. Therefore, their nephews wouldn’t be getting handouts; they’d be working for their money, and they could spend it as they wished.

He had enough for the bus

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One of the brothers was particularly interested in sports but had always struggled to get to games. He used the money he earned to pay for a bus to get to practice and games.

They brought them food

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The man sometimes helped out with food too. He said, “Sometimes I’ll bring good food to their school so they don’t have to eat what their school gives them.”

They joked together

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Although the boys joked about the couple being “their ATM,” the man and his wife knew they were just kidding, and they all got on fine without any problems.

His sister had kids

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The man’s sister also had two children and was pregnant with her third. The man adored his niece and nephew and was looking forward to meeting the new baby too.

They went out for her birthday

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The family went out for the man’s sister’s birthday, and it was then that she brought up the question of whether or not he was going to be as generous to her children as he was to his wife’s brothers.

He gave an honest answer

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The man told her the truth: he wouldn’t spend as much on her children as he did on his brothers-in-law because her children didn’t need the extra support. But he would still give them plenty of birthday and Christmas presents.

She told him he was playing favorites

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The man’s sister got mad and accused him of playing favorites and choosing strangers over blood. She even said the boys were just using the man for his money, at which point he stormed out of the restaurant.

Was he wrong?

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Was he wrong to spend so much on his wife’s brothers and not on his own family, or did the boys need more help?

The internet responded

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One person said, “How you spend your money is none of her business, and neither is the financial situation of your in-laws.”

Another person said, “You’re not picking favorites. Your in-laws literally cannot afford the stuff you’re paying for.”

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