I send my perfectly healthy son to visit his dad for the weekend and he comes back sick and sunburned from too much time in the pool with no sunscreen and no shirt and no shade.
I mean come on... He goes to his dad's for 2.5 days and comes home crispy.
DS is 11, almost 12, and tho I think he's should be responsible enough to put on sunscreen, he is still a kid and the grown-ups (his dad, dad's girlfriend, and my mother (his grandmother)) ought to know better!!!
I would have a chat with his dad about sun exposure/too much pool time, etc. And God help me if he replied with "it's just a little sun" or something jackassy like that. It's NOT just a little sun. it's A LOT of sun, and most skin cancers come onto us as a result of the sun exposure we had as kids/teens/young adults.
It's a health and safety issue, and his father should have known better. I don't know how long DS's dad's girlfriend has been around, if she's comfortable being an authoritiy figure for your son...if yes, she should have known better and took care of it. at the very least she should have said "shouldn't DS have sunblock? or a shirt?"
And your mom should have known better as well. Although she may not have wanted to look like she was interfering with DS's dad's parenting.
So, ultimately, DS's father is responsible, and should have known better.
Sorry if that was a rambly..I hope it made sense.
My mother and I do not have a relationship at this time... but my ex still thinks it's important for DS to know his grandma... My mother is the pushiest person I know. So why she kept her mouth shut is beyond me.
Ex's Girlfriend has been around long enough...
When my son came home GLOWING last night I texted Ex and asked WTF were you thinking... He said he didn't think it had been that bad....
Well, I guess when you turn off the lights and can still see your kids skin glowing and you don't think it's "too bad" then you're a major moron.
PS: This isn't the first time he's come home sunburned.
I'm about to murder someone.
I'm all for each parent being responsible for kid's needs during their visitation time but in this case I would make sure to send sunblock with your son the next time he visits his dad, some for his face and also the kind that you can spray on so that worst case scenario he can even do his back by himself. I would stress to him how important it is to use sunscreen when swimming.
I would also mention to his father, "Son had a great time at the pool but was pretty sunburned, I have given him some sunscreen you can use to help prevent that". He might be more likely to cooperate if you mention it in a nonconfrontational way (even though you want to smack him). Just try to think of what is best for your son.
Of course, I probably wouldn't be as tactful as you would be, but then again, am I ever?
Sometimes it's better to push someone away...not because you stopped loving them but because you can't take the pain anymore.
I've already kinda blown the whole "non-confrontational" thing... since I pretty much called him a dumbass in text.
I let him know I saw it and put in my notes for L, and esp. that I was not told. This is three times this week I've gotten "Oh, my mistake" from Perv and he thinks they are just okay.
Then DD got sick last night and I got these messages demanding to informa him of her progress and actually giving me directions. Gag.
I work at summer camp and I remember this one little boy, maybe 6-7 years old, a red head. Really, really red with the freckles and very white complexion. I mentioned to every single counselor and the day camp director to be sure that little boy gets sunscreen. I even mentioned it to the kitchen staff and handed the director a bottle of sunscreen!! I squirted some in the kid's hand (we are not allowed to put it on, the kids have to and be monitored doing it) and I sent him to a counselor...
Do you know, no one gave any more all day to the boy to put on? Well, this kid's parents are pets of the camp owners and it hit the fan the next day. Yes, JR, he was crsip as tomatoes and had trouble walking around the next day.
Somehow it got through to the owners that Ash tried to communicate the need.
FWIW, I got sun poisoning in the spring and found a really neat product in a drugstore, where it's basically straight aloe but in a bottle. I am going to show it to the camp owners, FWIW, but wanted to mention it here as it was the only thing I could stand touching my skin for about three weeks.
I'm sorry for the extra problems with your ExH and have trouble understanding why more problems have to come.
A person is a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Suess
I said "He's glowing in the dark. How do you think he's feeling?"
I did (miraculously) keep my mouth shut to STBX, but had another talk with DS today about the dangers of not using sunscreen on all exposed skin and provided him with some modeling on how to talk effectively to his dad without 'risking' anything.
I know exactly how you're feeling!
Given that did not happen and you cannot guarantee that it will happen in the future (and there is nothing you can do or say to make it happen), you need to arm your DS with the knowledge and power to use sunscreen himself. While he is still suffering from the burn, take him and buy some spray on sunscreen. Tell him that if he does not want to suffer in the future then it is HIS job to make sure it is applied. And then the next time he goes on visitation, give him the sun screen and tell him to use it. And then text your X a friendly reminder to tell DS to put on his sunscreen.
My advise would different if your DS was 6 or 8. But at 12 you need to empower him to take care of himself when he is around people who will not take care of him properly.
Have LilJrc take sunscreen lotion/spray with him and apply it himself.....since his dad is apparently clueless.
In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.
I wouldn't text his stupid father.. I would text him directly.