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DSD's bloody phone bill - sounding off here so I can be supportive in RL

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madelineashton Tue 09-Oct-12 14:36:07

A few of you will remember that the phone bill was what triggered the ultimate, or rather final, breakdown in DH and DSD's relationship. Also that since then (May) every phone bill has also been way over what it should be but that DH was scared to do anything about it. Well, it's happened again - only this time it's massive. He just text me and I thought we could talk about how to handle it tonight once he's had a chance to calm down but apparently he's already told DSD about it being so much and she is "sorry" and "understands".

WTF... she doesn't even so much as text him on that bloody phone. She ignores texts and calls from my poor little DD who is heartbroken by DSD's selfish behaviour. She gives sweet fuck all to DH, or anyone connected to him. But expects to keep being able to run up huge telephone bills and he'll just pay them... duh, of course she does because he WILL!!!!

I asked him how he felt about it and he said "Furious. But if I do anything I risk alientaing her completely" he's hanging on to the tiny scraps of a relationship that he has left by paying whatever she wants on the phone. She has unlimited calls and texts, and 750 online time. But runs up the bill by going over the online time (gets a text when she's close and has an app where she can check useage so no excuse) and by messaging pictures to her friends. She just doesn't care.

The tiny scrap of relationship he is holding on to is that she will respond to him if he texts her (a day or so later and with one or two words, usually negative ones) The only fairly pleasant conversation she has with him is once a month when he tells her that her phonebill is huge and she then manages to speak to him on the phone, and somehow persuades him to take no action.

It's a fucking joke. It really is. I feel so so so sad for him. I know there are days where I can forgive her and feel sorry for her for the difficult position she's in, and I know I should always feel that way given that it really isn;t her fault that she is how she is. But today I have no sympathy. She is a nasty manipulative little cow just like her mother and can go to hell for what she's put my family through. My DD is in therapy, my relationship is going down the toilet, and DH is depressed. Meanwhile she sits in her lovely big house with her "new" family and witters on and on about what a wonderful woman her mother is having "survived" such a cruel and unfair life yet still managing to raise two wonderful children. Never mind that she's actually had three children and had one adopted (which she conveniently forgets along with the fact that her new partner isn't DSD's real father), and that the third one is only a few months old so Christ knows what will become of it. I should imagine it will be the "scapegoat", poor little bugger.


madelineashton Thu 11-Oct-12 19:31:17

Thats the weird thing... He has told her and it was cut off immediately. She didn't really out up a fight. She wouldnt answer her phone so it was over text. Initially she said she was sorry and she hadn't intended to go over and would he please give her another chance. He siad that he felt like that is all she wants him for and that he felt like she was being cruel to keep on knowingly go over her phone limit so he had no choice but to follow through and cut it off. She just responded with "I'm sorry, I understand" and that was it.

Which as he said himself - just makes him feel even more shit. When I woke up this morning he had been awake a while and was looking voer the texts again and again. He asked me what i thought she meant and I said it could be one of many things and we would never know. Maybe she said that in the hope that he would think she was being grown up and had learnt her lesson so he'd connect the phone again.... maybe she has finally realised that it's worng to expect the guy she hates to pay for her phone.... maybe she is genuinely bored with the whole thing.... maybe Mum has told her that she had to keep going with him paying for the phone as long as possible but that ultimately if he did cut it off, Mum would just get her a new one... there are a hundred possibilities. But he is just beating himself up trying to work it all out.

He feels like he's severed the final connection that they had. Which has set him back to depressed withdrawn mode all over again... sad

NotaDisneyMum Thu 11-Oct-12 19:22:29

Well - she's going to have a shock now then! When will it be cut off?

Is he going to tell her in advance or wait for her to work it out? She will scream all sorts of obscenities at him - he'll need a lot of support not to cave in; especially when she turns on the waterworks!

madelineashton Thu 11-Oct-12 19:11:30

It was really the internet use that was the problem - and sending picture messages. DSD lives on Facebook, Instgram, Tumbler, itunes, spotify etc. She would literally die if it was suggested that she would have a pay as you go phone with £10 a month on it. She has unlimited calls and texts and 750mb of internet and it wasn't enough....

charlearose Thu 11-Oct-12 17:46:47

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madelineashton Thu 11-Oct-12 16:38:32

Thanks so much whoever reported that I used one of the girl's names!!!! What a div!

Moominsarescary Thu 11-Oct-12 11:47:45

We ended up getting ds1 a pay and go, you can look at different options, some give unlimited calls for a certain amount a month and you can buy bolt ons to give you unlimited texts

Cloverhoney Thu 11-Oct-12 11:41:04

Thanks ladies and sorry to hijack your posts Madelineashton.

Someone told me yesterday about PAYG phones where you can only call certain numbers so we could set it up so SC could only call our house, their Dad's mobile, grandparents etc. That sounds like a plan. The mobile will prob be 'lost' in the black hole that is BM's house anyway hence really don't want to sign up to an expensive contract.

It's such a minefield this stuff isn't it? I think it is mostly about control in our case I'm afraid. BM feels threatened my DH's relationship with SC. Perhaps more so by my relationship with SC. I can understand why and empathize to a point. What I can't understand is why she doesn't seem at all able to put her own feelings to one side for the sake of her children. :-(((

madelineashton Wed 10-Oct-12 23:23:06

And as a result my DD is in therapy!!! angryangryangry

madelineashton Wed 10-Oct-12 23:22:37

NADM, sometimes not very often, but I do have a heart after all I feel sad for the ex as she had a non-existent relationship with her Dad. He was an abusive alcoholic who abandoned her and her mother then died in a drink drive accident. She and her Mum only had each other then her mum died and left her with her new husband who remarried a truly Wicked SM... So all in all a very tragic life and no understanding of a healthy parent/child relationship. I mostly like to believe that she has no idea what she is doing to her Dd sad then at other times I feel incredibly frustrated that she hasn't managed to use the resources at her disposal to sort herself out angry

mumsbum Wed 10-Oct-12 15:47:37

clover one of the mobile phone cos does friends and family nos you can call for free, I think its orange?? even if you are on PAYG.

NotaDisneyMum Wed 10-Oct-12 15:45:17

I am increasingly coming to the conclusion that its not simply about control, though, because much of the behaviour seems to be unconscious on their part sad

DSD is subject to increasing pressure from her mum because she is choosing to see DP regularly - her mum gets shitty with her when she tells her that she's arranged to meet him, calls her repeatedly while she's with him, cuts her visits short by demanding DSD returns home for some reason or another and then accuses DSD of being rude and insolent when she tries to discuss things with her Mum (like getting a p/t job, going to college etc) - things that she has talked through with DP politely and maturely.

Yes, it's partly about control - but also, DSD mum has no frame of reference for DSD relationship with her Dad. DSD mum has treated DP in the same way as her own mum treated her Dad, with whom she had no relationship as a child and from whom she has been periodically estranged as an adult.
DSD mum genuinely doesn't understand what benefit there is to DSD keeping in touch with her Dad - especially now he has no income and therefore cannot financially support her. She (DSD mum) doesn't like DP, and she cannot understand how her DCs, who she has raised, could possibly have a different opinion to her own.

Far from being a conscious I'm going to prevent you from doing this because I don't want you to in DSD mums case, it is because in her mind, there is nothing in it for DSD, and DSD has no interest in her Dad, so why is she wasting her time seeing him?

madelineashton Wed 10-Oct-12 13:23:29

What a lovely lady she sounds clover Because we all know how expensive phone calls are these days hmm

So the message the kids get is that Mum places such little value on their relationship with their own father that she begrudges two pence being spent on a phone call to him? Nice.

What do these idiots hope to actually acheive. I mean, when their on their death beds thinking of what kind of parents they were and what kind of lives their children had, will they take comfort in "I'm so glad that I made it so difficult for the kids to call their dad when they were young, it was really worth the hassle. Showed him whose boss alright"


Cloverhoney Wed 10-Oct-12 13:16:18

God sorry to butt in but I find these threads so terrifying and depressing at times.

I'm putting in so much atm into raising my SC. It all gets taken for granted and people say to me "oh they'll thank you for it when they're older" but in my heart of hearts I know they won't. I'm so fed up with putting my own kids last because if I don't put my SC first BM will chuck all her toys of her pram and threaten DH with redution / cessation of contact. Then we'll have to spend a fortune on going to court, homelife will be stressful, DH will be miserable, our own kids will be affected etc, etc, etc.

We were going to get our SC's phones to keep in contact as BM says she'll only allow them to phone DH if he pays for the calls yet we know that if he does give her more money, she still won't let them call.

I'll let him know we need to get 'capped' contracts. If we get them at all....

FFS :-(

madelineashton Wed 10-Oct-12 12:07:06

And it can all be blamed on her being a child of divorce, like everything else is. Selfish Daddy leaving the poor helpless family all alone. Because of course there are no well-adjusted children of divorce out there whose parents just managed the seperation with the children at the front of their minds making sure everyone came out okay hmm

madelineashton Wed 10-Oct-12 12:03:29

Maybe. She has taken it fairly well. I am hopingthat's notbecause she has decided it's better to go without the phone if it means that she can detach from him completely.

He hasn't heard from his ex since the holiday 6 or so weeks ago either. So she is clearly happy to just take the money each month and ignore the fact that he exists. It's what she's wanted all along.

I look forward (but also not, of course) to the day she is on the phone begging him to take their daughter when she goes off the rails and she can't cope. If that doesn't happen I will be incredibly shocked. And then of course it will all be his fault anyway. She's already staying out late and dating older boys and getting behind of her school work at 13... Hopefully she won't follow inher mother's footsteps and land herself pregant at 14. Although Mum would probably like that to complete the "mini-me" fixation. And oh the drama... what fun.

brdgrl Tue 09-Oct-12 23:43:59

I'm sorry.
But still very glad DP has taken the step to cut it off. Must not feel like progress, but what else could he do, really.

And maybe it will be the shock she needs.

madelineashton Tue 09-Oct-12 21:27:31

Oh but bored it's not enough. Particularly now that she can't work (not that she ever did) because she's on maternity leave with her new partners baby - aparrently this is MY partner's problem hmm

I wish he'd ask me for that NADM. But yes it is different as I actually loved the girl. I spent every weekend and 2-3 week nights a week with her plus half of all school holidays for 4 years from 8 to 12 years old. I went through a lot with her from leaving work in the middle if an important meeting to take care of her when her first period started because it was on a "contact day" and Mum was too busy at home to drive 20 minutes, to bra shopping for her when her first bra was 2 sizes too small and Mum said bras are too expensive to keep replacing. I cared for her when she was beside herself, aged 9, after mum sent her horrendous post nose and boob job photos of her. all the time remaining completley positive about her Mum. I really thought I could do some good in that little girl's life and I was so wrong. But my sadness can only be a fraction of DH's sad

boredandrestless Tue 09-Oct-12 21:14:59

Wow am surprised but relieved he has cut the phone off.

I agree she will eventually learn from this but it may take some time.

Your poor DH sad. His current relationship with her is pretty non existent anyway and is unhealthy for both of them. He's done the right thing but it must be so hard for him.

Wow at £500 a month maintenance! shock I got £10 a week. envy If I were getting that amount I wouldn't be asking DS's dad for a bean extra (not that I do anyway).

NotaDisneyMum Tue 09-Oct-12 21:06:30

It certainly worked for DSD - it has taken 2 years and is still a work in progress but she has definitely learnt valuable lessons from DP despite not having contact with him in that time.

Yes, it was incredibly painful for him - his appeal to me when he finally made the decision to do the right thing was to help him stick to it when it got tough; he wanted me to be tough and stop him caving in sad. That was easier for me as my relationship with DSD was not as established as yours, and she also directly attacked me - which had an impact on my positive feelings towards her.

madelineashton Tue 09-Oct-12 20:50:55

He also told her that he feels like nothing but a wallet to her and he wants more than that. She said she understands why he feels that way sad

madelineashton Tue 09-Oct-12 20:49:58

Oh please god. I hope it goes some way to teaching her something about how you should treat those who care about you.

catsmother Tue 09-Oct-12 20:47:28

Awww .... I'm sure he is very miserable. Quite obviously it's absolutely awful to be in the position he's in - where your own kids don't want to know you unless you have something they want. But he is doing the right thing - even though it hurts, and only by taking away the phone is he going to find out how she really views him. He might not get the answer he wants, and he'll have to effectively go through a grieving process if that turns out to be the case ... but, "at least" he'll know where he stands and can move on from that - rather than living in this kind of limbo where he's on edge, terrified of upsetting her, and not knowing how she really feels - but strongly suspecting it's not nice. Neither position is ideal - clearly - but it's healthier for him to take this stance, because he is actually also doing the right thing for his daughter. She might actually have to stop and think about her attitude, and about cause and effect, about taking but not giving etc. She might even clock on that she must have really hurt her dad for him to take this step - all good life lessons, which, if she takes them on board, will stand her in good stead as an adult. Let's hope all this does give her food for thought - and that that will eventually lead to a genuine reconcilliation.

madelineashton Tue 09-Oct-12 20:15:34

Thanks NADM you are 100% right as always smile

Buuuuut.... Get this...! He has disconnected the phone! And with no input from me. He said she has taken the piss and if that's the only way he can have her love he doesn't want it!!!! I am gob smacked. And very sadsad. He is proper miserable.

NotaDisneyMum Tue 09-Oct-12 18:28:43

when I said your DH didn't see his DD for 18 months he was horrified!!!

What about? His job as her Dad is to parent her - he's not doing that, so why does he want to maintain contact? Maintaining contact is something he wants; a desire a nice to have - there is no need for him to have that contact, and it is currently of no benefit to her and it is actually detrimental to your DSD to have a Dad who is failing to parent her - he is passively teaching her very poor life lessons.

Why does he think some women treat their boyfriends the way his DD is treating him? They have learnt that behaviour from other men in their life - primarily their Dads!

Your DP is putting his wants ahead of his DD's needs, and the needs of you and your DD.

Until recently, I was uncomfortable with the accusation from some that my DP chose me over his DD - but I now realise that he put his own desire to see his DD to one side in order to maintain his relationship with me. He would never have put his responsibility to parent her to one side for me - and has never done so.

madelineashton Tue 09-Oct-12 18:12:30

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