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'My toxic in-laws lavished one of our kids with gifts and ignored the other'

Parenting - By Mirror | December 31st 2020 at 09:38:32 GMT +0300
She was forced to cut her in-laws out of her family's life (Image: Shutterstock)

A mum has revealed that she was forced to cut her in-laws out of her family's life after they lavished one of their grandchildren with gifts, and completely ignored the other.

Mum-of-two Arielle said she and her partner, Scott, have two kids, one together and one from her previous relationship.

Speaking on TikTok, she explained that her in-laws had always favoured their biological grandchild, often buying them more extravagant gifts.

Eventually, they refused to ignore the blatant favouritism anymore and decided to call Scott's parents out.

In a video that has been viewed 9.3 million times on the platform, the mum explained: "This year it was super apparent. For Eva, my eldest’s birthday, they put them in a plastic bag handed it to her, it was an outfit.

Her in-laws favoured their biological grandchild

"It was cute. They spent maybe Sh1,000 ($10). They gave it to her a few weeks after her birthday. Didn’t make a big deal of it. Didn’t even watch her open it."

But when it came to her youngest's birthday, they made a massive fuss over her and pulled out all the stops to treat her.

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Arielle continued: "For my youngest’s birthday, they drive to our house, which is an hour away.

"Spent maybe a couple hundred dollars on her.

"Bought her dinner. Made sure she had a nice dessert, sang her happy birthday."

Her husband eventually confronted his parents about the obvious favoritism, which didn't go down well.

She said: "So Scott reached out to his parents and told them that he thinks they are being unfair.

"They did not like that. They kept denying it and everything.

"Finally Scott just said you know what I don’t care if you believe me or not.

"This is an issue and it’s going to affect your relationship with your grandchildren if you don’t do better. We know you can do better."

They were forced to cut them out of their lives

Clearly stunned by their son's attitude, they later messaged Arielle claiming that she had "brainwashed" him, which resulted in a big argument.

She said that they ended up blocking his parents, but claims that their relationship was so poor that "they haven't even noticed yet".

After months of not talking, Arielle discovered that the in-laws had been messaging their kids behind their back, without their permission, which just infuriated her more.

Since Arielle explained the situation, the video has received thousands of comments from people who said they did the right thing.

One said: "As the child who got more (which I still feel bad about) your children will thank you someday."

Whereas another said: "As the kid who was treated differently, I'm glad he decided to cut them out. It'll save a whole lot of heartache in the future."

And a third added: "I mean at this point. . . good riddance. Bio child or not, they are family and they deserve to be treated the same. Period."

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