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to think DS is in the wrong and my DH should step up more?

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FireSquirrel Mon 17-Oct-16 17:01:00

DS came home from school today not wearing his jumper. Asked him where it was and he sheepishly pulled it out of the bag, the neck has been stretched so much that the stitching has gone - it's ruined. This was a brand new jumper bought at the start of September, we are on a low income as it is and even moreso this month as DH was off work sick, so having to replace it means we will struggle for the rest of the month. DS said another kid had been dragging him around by the neck, I intitally assumed bullying but it turns out it was a friend of his and they were playfighting. I am furious at him for being so thoughtless and even more furious that when I was explaining to him how much it will cost to replace he shrugged and said 'not my problem is it'. My DH seems to think I'm being too hard on DS, that the other boy was more at fault for doing the dragging, whereas I feel DS is equally to blame for allowing it to happen and for his attitude afterwards, and at 13 should be old enough and sensible enough to respect and look after his things. DS is my stepson and DH has hinted before that I want to see the bad in him and am more hard on him than I would be on my own child, whereas I think any parent would be bloody annoyed. This isn't even the first incident we've had this school year, he's also lost a PE top already and got in trouble for rugby tackling a younger kid to the floor 'as a dare', and last year had numerous detentions and tellings off for stupid things. I feel like his attitude stinks and is more than just 'boys will be boys' and am exasperated at my DHs lack of support. Am I really overreacting?

Creampastry Mon 17-Oct-16 17:06:07

Can't he wear it still?

schokolade Mon 17-Oct-16 17:07:32

Well I'd be tempted to make it his problem. Does he get an allowance?

LIZS Mon 17-Oct-16 17:07:51

Make him continue to wear it until you can afford a replacement, ideally with him contributing.

Trifleorbust Mon 17-Oct-16 17:07:59

I would say these things happen, but the "Not my problem is it" attitude stinks with a capital STINKS. I would make it his problem, spending money on a new jumper that he would usually expect to get for pocket money or hobbies. Failing that (you mention a lower income) I would sell something of his to fund the new jumper.

Costacoffeeplease Mon 17-Oct-16 17:08:55

Well it is his problem if he has to pay for it out of his pocket money, or he can work it off in chores - maybe make him realise that things like jumpers actually cost money

If that's not an option he wears it as it is - I'm sure he could have stopped his friend if he'd tried

FireSquirrel Mon 17-Oct-16 17:08:57

It's stretched that much that it would almost fall off his shoulders, I'm amazed it didn't rip but it's far too stretched to shrink back, the neck is ruined. Would probably do as playwear if it were a regular jumper but no good for school.

GazingAtStars Mon 17-Oct-16 17:09:11

I'd make him wear it until he'd saved up enough to replace it. Make it his problem

Ausernotanumber Mon 17-Oct-16 17:09:47

Then he pays for a replacement or goes cold.

2kids2dogsnosense Mon 17-Oct-16 17:10:18

Agree with LIZS

If he doesn't want to wear it, let him freeze for a few weeks. He won't die.

And make sure you keep back at least half the cost of his new jumper from his pocket money.

NNChangeAgain Mon 17-Oct-16 17:10:45

Nope, I don't think you're over reacting, but you don't need your DHs support to enforce consequences.

My DD knew that she had a one-strike rule when she went to secondary school - I'd replace the first lost or damaged item, then after that it was up to her.

I assume they have a strict uniform policy at school - so enlist their help. Call up, tell them what your DS said to you about it "not being his problem", and say that you will support whatever sanctions they enforce for him not wearing proper uniform. Make it "his problem" when they give him detention, or teach him in isolation.

ayeokthen Mon 17-Oct-16 17:10:48

I agree with all PP saying he should pay for it. And your DH isn't doing anyone any favours by taking sides. As a parent you've said something, DH should support you. United front, step whatever shouldn't come into it.

milkyface Mon 17-Oct-16 17:11:48

I'd be fuming with his attitude more than anything. I'd make it his problem, and make it known that punishment was for the attitude.

I probably wouldn't have been annoyed if he'd said sorry and seemed it.

I'd tell DH to deal with it potentially if he thinks you're too hard on him. He probably wouldn't do anything though by the sound of it

LIZS Mon 17-Oct-16 17:12:10

Buy some sheering elastic and thread it through the back neck from one sleeve to the other. It won't sit right but won't fall off the shoulders.

GonicaMeller Mon 17-Oct-16 17:13:21

Not his fault if another kid was dragging him round.

Simonneilsbeard Mon 17-Oct-16 17:14:44

I have a 13 year old boy and this sounds a lot like standard 13 year old boy behaviour. I can't get my son to clean his room or get a haircut, he loses things and isn't very responsible and from speaking to other mums of boys that age its not unusual but I totally understand your frustration.
However your ss doesn't sound worse than any other teenage lad.

rumpelstiltskin43 Mon 17-Oct-16 17:15:15

Try this

milkyface Mon 17-Oct-16 17:17:46

It's not that the jumper is stretched though is it - it's the 'it's not my problem' which is unacceptable

Soubriquet Mon 17-Oct-16 17:17:54

The play fighting I wouldn't have an issue with

Kids play fight. Though I thought at 13 he would be over that anyway

The "not my problem" would have me livid.

It's all very well being apologetic but actually dismissing it altogether?

No chance. Make it his problem. He can do chores to pay for it or dock his money

GonicaMeller Mon 17-Oct-16 17:18:44

He probably didn't know what to say. If instead of shouting you'd said to him that it cost money you were worried about replacing it, he'd probably have been apologetic.

2410ang Mon 17-Oct-16 17:20:08

Agree with showing him that there are consequences to his behaviour and attitude.

I probably would have let him off if he had said sorry and meant it. These things do happen! But I'm afraid the attitude of it not being his problem is not acceptable.

I would tell him that but for the attitude you would not have been so hard and as a consequence he has to contribute to a new one.

Would also make clear that any future damage/loss due to carelessness will be down to him to fund/work off value in chores.

Fairylea Mon 17-Oct-16 17:21:08

If you're really struggling then he should continue to wear it, stretched or not. Could you cut it slightly along the seam and make it smaller?

GreatFuckability Mon 17-Oct-16 17:22:03

the 'not my problem' would make me see red. i agree, make it his problem.

Peach9876 Mon 17-Oct-16 17:22:46

He might be a typical 13 year old lad but without guidence he won't learn to take care of things especially with his dad's attitude of blaming others. I agree it was a friend and they were rough housing, these things happen, but that attitude stinks and his lack of care for his belongings suck.

I too would make him work it off, either take out of pocket money or sell something. But that is difficult if dad isn't standing up for you, don't want him slipping him money or it causing arguments.
You said he's your stepson, but it sounds like you are his mum through and through. Does he treat you and respect you like a mum? Does he have a (another) mum? If he's going to another home every weekend or something and they are belittling it all, that wouldn't help either. Which is why I ask. Same with grandparents, aunts, uncles etc anyone who has an authority needs to be on the same page (or at least not discuss it at all).

Dontpanicpyke Mon 17-Oct-16 17:23:22

My Boys were tough on their clothes but his comment that 'not my problem' is very cheeky.

Personally I wouldn't buy him a new one

Is his mum involved?

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