Mum criticises another parent for spending money on booze and cigarettes rather than her kid's school shoes… but …
A MUM has sparked a debate after she revealed how she told another mum off for not putting her “kids first”.
Taking to parenting forum Mumsnet, the woman said that she had spoken to another mum who claimed she didn’t “have any money to buy her kids some new school shoes”.
But, the poster became riled after the fellow mum divulged that one of her family members “was on holiday and was getting her some cigarettes and alcohol” that she was paying for.
Taking to the forum, the angered woman wrote: “Yesterday I was meeting with some friends one of which I’m not as close with but she always tags along which is fine.
“We got onto the subject and she said how she doesn’t have any money to buy her kids some new school shoes.
“Before that topic had came up she was saying how a family member was on holiday and was getting her some cigarettes and alcohol and it was really cheap. (She was paying for it)
“Usually I bite my tongue but she just p***** me off.
“I said to her how about maybe she should stop drinking and smoking and buy her kid the new school shoes they need.
“She only has two kids. She was a bit gobsmacked.
“Didn’t really say much just made up an excuse and left.
“Am I the only one bothered by the fact that people not putting their kids first and complain about the kids not having any nice clothes etc when they spend a majority of their money on stuff they don’t really need?”
Needless to say, many other parents were quick to wade into the debate – and many blasted the poster as “rude” but that “she had a point”.
One user wrote: “I don’t think kids should always come first but I do think shoes that fit come before cigs and alcohol.
“You were rude but right”
Another added: “Urgh, I think I’m in the midst of a sea change on this one.
“Normally, I’d be saying that you shouldn’t judge but, no, f***it.
“If someone is serving their desire for fags and booze before their children’s need for shoes and are stupid enough to whine about it in front of others then I think yeah, I’d have struggled not to point that out too.”
But others thought the woman was completely in the right.
One such user said: “Aren’t you wonderful OP! You sound like you want a pat on the back.
“I really don’t know anybody who puts fags and booze before their children’s welfare irl [in real life].”
Another wrote: “YANBU [you are not being unreasonable] people’s priorities are different but providing your kids with food, clothes and shoes should come top of the list for any parent. Buying booze and fags while your kids go without is incredibly selfish.
A third added: “I definitely would have judged her! Cigarettes and alcohol are luxuries and if she can’t afford basics then I don’t think it’s unreasonable to point that out to her.”
What do you think?
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