CO-PARENTING with an ex can be challenging at the best of times – but add in a conflict over your child’s diet and you’re in for a world of trouble.
Take this mum for example – after splitting with her partner, the pair decided they would continue to raise their daughter as a vegan.
The mum was left raging after her ex fed her vegan daughter chicken nuggets behind her backCredit: Alamy
So you can imagine her surprise when her child came home from her dad’s house demanding chicken nuggets from McDonald’s.
Sharing her dilemma on Reddit, the woman explained: “I became vegan when my ex and I moved in together because he was vegan and he didn’t like there being animal products in the house.
“I was vegan while I was pregnant and we’ve raised our daughter vegan for the past eight-ish years.”
But while driving past a McDonald’s on the way home with her daughter, the woman was left shocked when she asked if they could stop in for some food.
The woman’s ex accused her of being ‘controlling’Credit: Getty
She continued: “She has a full blown meltdown demanding chicken nuggets. We get home and she’s, like, blowing snot bubbles she’s so enraged.
“She howls her way through a bowl of leftover soup. She hates me, I’m a terrible mum, dad would have let her eat chicken nuggets. She wore herself out crying.”
The following day, the woman’s daughter was “angry” at her for eating meat – and while she doesn’t mind her having chicken, the anonymous parent said she was unhappy with her tantrum.
That said, the woman was fuming with her ex partner and feels like he should have consulted her – especially as McDonald’s has vegan options on the menu.
She has a full blown meltdown demanding chicken nuggets. We get home and she’s, like, blowing snot bubbles she’s so enraged.
She added: “I wasn’t aware our hitherto vegan daughter was now eating meat and I feel like that’s a decision that I should have been informed about.
“I called him after she went to bed and he told me I was being uptight and he didn’t tell me because he knew I’d overreact, ‘I’m controlling and I don’t need to be privy to every single thing he does when our daughter is with him’.
“Also, from a dude who gave me a hard time for craving Oreos (which are f***ing vegan) while pregnant with her.”
Needless to say, the majority of people rallied around the mum for support.
One replied: “You don’t give them fast food just because they beg for it. And if you and your co-parent have agreed to a diet together, you absolutely should let the other person know when you change something.”
“It’s not okay to shut down communication just because you’re worried that the other parent is going to be upset with you,” another added. “The guy is 100 per cent the a***** for putting his daughter in the position of hiding something from her mother.”
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