So the kids had yet another fun weekend at their dad's. Not. First difficult child was told she was acting like a b**tch by her stepmom when she was whining. Then she was called stupid. The kids and their dad and stepmom were walking around a store when the lights suddenly shut off. About a minute later the lights came back on again. difficult child made a comment like, "Oh darn. I was kinda looking forward to shopping in the dark." Stepmom says to dad, "Here's our next generation." Points at difficult child, and says, "Stupid." difficult child got very hurt and angry but she held it in and didn't say anything. Then when stepmom started saying bad things about me right in front of my kids, difficult child could no longer take it. She stood up for me. Stepmom didn't take it well at all. Started screaming at difficult child. So when I finally picked up the kids at their dad's they both ran to the car and hugged me. difficult child thanked me for finally picking them up. They were miserable with stepmom's constant put downs, screaming and yelling their entire visit. I don't know if I should even bother to tell their dad. OH and when difficult child stood up to stepmom, dad warned her and said, "You know V doesn't like your mom. So don't say anything. Cause then she is going to get mad at not only you, but me too." So now difficult child feels the burden being put on her to maintain the peace in the family and hold everything in. I don't think it's right. She shouldn't have to put up with the the stepwitch saying bad things about me right in front of her. So saying something to her dad probably won't do any good. I'm just sick of being my kids being treated like **** and I can't say anything about it. Stepmom still hasn't apologized for saying she hates the kids. So they continue to be verbally abused and it just isn't fair. Okay vent over.