A mother has been criticised after asking strangers online to remove her stepson from a family photo.
The screenshot of her request on Facebook was shared to Reddit, where she asked whether there was any way to remove “the kid to the right”.
“He’s my stepson and I love these pictures of us together but I also didn’t get any good ones with just two without him. Also remove him from the full family picture please,” she wrote in her Facebook post.
More than 180 people reacted to the post, with the woman later updating it to say she loved her stepson “but I do want some without him in them”.
“I already posted these ones but I just want to have it both ways,” she said.
However, the request was not well received on Reddit, with one saying it was “absolutely deplorable”.
“I’m sorry, she’s a cow, and she should have been the one cut out, because she married into the family you [the stepson] were born into,” someone said.
“So I hope she got hers.”
Another said they felt sorry for the child.
“This genuinely made me sad. Imagine how that child felt. I bet he noticed he wasn’t included like the other two,” they commented.
One person, who said they were a stepmother themselves, apologised on the mother’s behalf and admitted sometimes it can be “awkward”.
“Whenever we did family photos we made sure to do a bunch of combos and individual pictures to avoid any hurt feelings,” she said, explaining she had two extra children living with her and her family on and off for six years.
Other people shared their own stories about how they were left out of family activities.
“My dad and his gf (sic) took ‘family pyjamas pictures’ with her son and my brother but never invited me. But sent me pyjamas in the mail? What was the point of sending me pyjamas anyway?” one said.
“Family were discussing the upcoming family photos, and my sister suggested we move the date so I could be involved too,” another person shared.
“My stepmum said it was ‘for family only’, and said it was best to leave it as it was.”
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