Hey everyone and thank you if you take the time to help me out with this situation. I will try my best to condense it. I have been married almost 2 two years to my wife who had two children from a previous marriage. When I met her, the children were still in diapers, I have pretty much been around most of their lives. We share "split" custody of the children with their father who tries very hard to appear like a caring, supportive, responsible parent. My wife has told me of how manipulative and controlling he was during their failed marriage and she fears that he uses the same psychological tactics on the children. This man behaves like a two-year old whenever my wife tries to have a serious conversation with him and he resorts to name-calling or dwelling on their history. Anyways, I have had about enough of this man belittling my wife over the phone and whispering rude comments under his breath and doing anything he can to try to aggravate us. I avoid confrontation like the plague but I cannot stand it anymore. He constantly tells the children that their mother gets them "awful" haircuts, he has stated that he will teach his son to be a "girl hater", he makes our daughter feel like #2, he refuses to buy the children new clothes or shoes, etc etc etc. Am I wrong for confronting this guy man-to-man and letting him know that I am not going to allow him to talk to my wife regarding the children until he figures out how to act like a man and treat his children and their mother with respect? What would you do/have done in this or a similar situation? Thanks for any comments!
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