Reddit Is Enraged on Behalf of This Mom Whose Stepkids Steal Her Son's Snacks

The mother of a newly diagnosed diabetic child has had it with her husband and stepchildren, and she’s not the evil stepmother in this situation. The distraught woman took to Reddit’s “Am I The A—hole” forum to explain a frustrating situation she’s dealing with in her family, and to ask the all-important question: AITA?

She gave context of her family unit, explaining that she and her ex-husband share custody of their 11-year-old son, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Because his diagnosis is fairly new, the mother shared that she and her ex are still figuring out how to help their son manage his condition so he can live as close to a normal life as possible.

She went on to write, “His stepdad is responsible for dropping him off/picking him up from school since his stepsiblings attend the same school. The issue began when my son started asking me or his bio dad to take him to school instead of his stepdad. He said the reason for that is because his stepsiblings open his lunchbox and take all the additional snacks that he needs in case he had a hypoglycemic episode (that’s what we call ‘low blood sugar’).”

As the wife of a Type I diabetic, this makes my blood boil. It’s incredibly important to have snacks on-hand in case his sugar levels drop — if he’s unable to stabilize his levels, he could pass out and even have seizures and die if it’s an extremely severe case. The same instance is true for this woman’s young son.

She continued to explain, “His stepsiblings would take his lunchbox from him and take the snacks and only leave him his sandwich and water. His stepdad thinks there’s nothing wrong with ‘sharing’ although I explained to him about a million times how important his snacks are. He promised that he won’t let his kids touch my son’s lunchbox from now on and I believed him.”

This stepdad is clearly not understanding the fact that his stepson has a medical condition and literally needs his snacks in case of an emergency. Sharing has absolutely nothing to do with this situation — he and his children should respect the boy’s health needs and be grateful they don’t face the same life-altering challenges.

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