I was foolish
Foolish to think things would be better. SS10 comes back from his 8 week stay with his Mom. He is two-faced , lazy, and self-entitled as usual. Of course he comes back with hugs and "I love you so much. I missed you so much." I roll with it and return the sentiments (even though that's not the way I feel, but I am hopeful). Mother-in-law comes to visit one day after SS10 gets back. Three days into the visit, MIL mentions that SS10 said we are mean to him because we make him eat fruit. Seriously? Whenever he can get anyone alone he plays a whiny victim. And if that's the worst thing he can say, then I should feel proud of myself. However, his flakiness is disgusting. So I confront him in front of MIL. He looks like a deer in head lights. Plays dumb. Looks nervous. Smiles and tries to act like it's cute. It's always interesting when a master manipulator gets confronted in smack-talking. I don't think it's normal for a kid to not want to eat any fruit or drink any fruit juice ever. I really don't think we should have to pay for vitamins for a 10 year old either because he can't suck it up. And whether or not it's normal, it's not healthy. And for the record, Skittles is not considered a fruit.
So after having the fruit is important talk, SS10 decides he'll eat a banana. He asks MIL to open it. I tell her no, he needs to try. Of course, it's waaay to difficult for him(yet he builds weapons fun). Just before he left he had asked DH to cut his pancakes. This is a kid who deserves an allowance?
Last night I realized that a movie SS10 wanted to see is on Pay-per-view. He has a cable box in his room and asks MIL to watch it with him. DH, MIL, and I are finishing watching our show and DH tells him to wait about 15 minutes and MIL will come down and watch it with him. When the show's over, I purchase it from our TV (bc all he would have to do then is go to "My rentals" and press play. When I check to make sure it shows up on rentals, I notice it's purchased twice (one being an HD version, which I did not purchase). I'm confused, but I go downstairs to tell SS10 I have the movie set up. He tells me he is already watching it . . .because he purchased it (the HD version, too, $1 more and his TV isn't even HD!!). I asked him why, when we told him to wait. He said he was confused (that's always the excuse he uses when he disregards our instructions). In fact, he was told to never purchase anything from his TV, we would always do it. UGGGH!