A woman shared her story online after discovering that her husband has been stealing money from her 10-year-old son.
Here is the story:
My son (10) recently started receiving an allowance from me since his dad is unemployed and also because my son likes to have his own money to spend on stuff he wants.
The problem is that I discovered by accident that my husband has been taking the money from our son to buy his own stuff like cigarettes or a drink. He’d approach our son whenever he has money and tell him he’ll buy him what he wants but ends up spending the money on something else, something for him, not our son. Our son obviously can not drive by himself and buy his own stuff so my husband offers to buy stuff for him using of course his allowance. I’m a nurse working long shifts most of the time so I’m not always home
Every time our son wants something my husband would be like:
“Hey boy, you want a few bags of Doritos?. I’ll go to the supermarket and get them for you then. That would be $$$”
then our son gives him the money but never receives his Doritos. Rinse and repeat. This went on for 2 months till my son told me.
Turns out my husband asked not to tell mommy because she’d get mad at him and he’ll be in trouble and promised to get him his stuff but he never does.
I had a big fight with my husband about it. He said it wasn’t big deal since he always end up getting our son the stuff he want 99% of the time. He told me to consider this as “petrol money” since he travels to the supermarket to buy what our son wants.
I shamed him for taking advantage of our son and taking the money that was meant for him and said he was acting like a thief but worse when stealing from his own son.
I then said I won’t be handing our son any allowance anymore and my husband said I was overreacting and punishing our son for no reason. I said I’ll handle our son’s needs from now on but he argued that I can’t when I’m busy working all the time. I said it was none of his business and walked out of the room. He kept negging me saying my son will resent me if I stop handing him money but I refused to engage any further in the argument and the guilt-tripping.
He keeps calling me heartless and financially controlling to take away the allowance.