Her Son Was Autistic, but Her Ex-Husband’s New Wife Refused to Accept It and Constantly Criticized Her Parenting Methods, so She Gave Her a Dose of Reality

A woman recently went online to ask if she’d gone too far in laying down the law with her ex-husband’s new wife, who kept giving unwanted opinions about her stepson’s autism. Here’s her story.

He had complex needs

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“My ex-husband and I share joint legal and physical custody of our two boys,” the woman began. “Our youngest is nine years old. He has ADHD, autism, and PTSD. Obviously, there’s a fair few psychiatric, therapy, and doctor appointments involved.”

His stepmom was too involved

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“My boys are blessed to have a generally good stepmom with two major caveats: she does not know when to shut up and let the custodial parents speak, and she thinks that her Google search knowledge is sufficient to constantly try to call everything into question, from the autism diagnosis to my parenting choices.”

She’d tried to be civil

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The woman explained that she had repeatedly brought these two issues up with her ex-husband. She’d tried to be nice about it, but a recent event had proved the final straw.

It happened once too often

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A few nights previously, the woman’s ex-husband and his new wife had turned up to her son’s psychiatric med check. Before long, the new wife was giving her two cents’ worth about everything, blaming the woman for her son’s behavioral problems, criticizing the psychiatrist for wanting to increase medication doses, and so on.

She invoked Lord of the Rings

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Having heard enough, the woman put on her best possessed Theoden voice and said, “You have no power here!”

She was blunt

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In her normal voice, the woman then gave her ex’s new wife a few home truths. She told her that she had no authority in this situation and that she would never be a parent to the boy in the way she and her ex were.

Everyone was shocked

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The woman’s outburst stunned everyone, as she was usually so laid-back. She stressed that she hadn’t cussed anyone out or yelled, but she had made her point.

The psychiatrist had her say

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Afterwards, the psychiatrist had spoken to her privately and agreed that stepparents could sometimes overstep boundaries, but she also told the woman that her response had been out of line as well.

She asked the internet

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The woman was angry at her son’s stepmom’s behavior, especially as she had no medical background and had even told her son that he wasn’t autistic. She asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet 100% backed the woman. “You sound like a good parent who is paying close attention to your son and the medical experts who are evaluating him,” said one. “Your ex’s wife just wants to feel important.”

Other’s called the psychiatrist’s conduct into question. “Super weird,” said one. “I’d question her judgment in every way now.”

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